Enhancing the performance of the T-peel test for thin and flexible adhered laminates
Author(s)Parks, David Moore; Padhye, Nikhil; Slocum, Alexander H; Trout, Bernhardt L
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Symmetrically bonded thin and flexible T-peel specimens, when tested on vertical travel machines, can be subject to significant gravitational loading, with the associated asymmetry and mixed-mode failure during peeling. This can cause erroneously high experimental peel forces to be recorded which leads to uncertainty in estimating interfacial fracture toughness and failure mode. To overcome these issues, a mechanical test fixture has been designed, for use with vertical test machines, that supports the unpeeled portion of the test specimen and suppresses parasitic loads due to gravity from affecting the peel test. The mechanism, driven by the test machine cross-head, moves at one-half of the velocity of the cross-head such that the unpeeled portion always lies in the plane of the instantaneous center of motion. Several specimens such as bonded polymeric films, laminates, and commercial tapes were tested with and without the fixture, and the importance of the proposed T-peel procedure has been demonstrated.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Chemical Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Review of Scientific Instruments
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Padhye, Nikhil, David M. Parks, Alexander H. Slocum, and Bernhardt L. Trout. “Enhancing the Performance of the T-Peel Test for Thin and Flexible Adhered Laminates.” Review of Scientific Instruments 87, no. 8 (August 2016): 085111.