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Acoustic Emission-Based Study to Characterize the Crack Initiation Point of Wood Fiber/HDPE Composites

School of Forestry and Landscape Architecture, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036, China
College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing 210037, China
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Polymers 2019, 11(4), 701;
Received: 8 March 2019 / Revised: 13 April 2019 / Accepted: 15 April 2019 / Published: 17 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Natural Compounds for Natural Polymers)
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The crack initiation point can be regarded as a sign of composite failure and plays a vital role in the evaluation of fracture toughness. Wood-plastic composites (WPCs) are viscoelastic materials and the evaluation of fracture mechanism and toughness has a great significance in their applications. Therefore, we used the acoustic emission (AE) technique to measure the crack initiation point of the WPCs and evaluate their fracture toughness. The results show that the novel AE-based methods were more effective than the conventional standard methods for characterization of the crack initiation point. Using the relationship of cumulative AE events with time and load, the critical failure load was quickly determined, and then the critical stress intensity factor and fracture toughness were calculated. The fracture toughness of the WPCs increased with an increase in the wood fiber content. View Full-Text
Keywords: wood fibers; fracture toughness; damage mechanics; acoustic emission wood fibers; fracture toughness; damage mechanics; acoustic emission

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Guo, Y.; Zhu, S.; Chen, Y.; Liu, D.; Li, D. Acoustic Emission-Based Study to Characterize the Crack Initiation Point of Wood Fiber/HDPE Composites. Polymers 2019, 11, 701.

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