Design of an environmental stress cracking (ESC) tester using fracture mechanics approach / Muhamad Syafiq Mohamad Nor Azli …[et al.]

Mohamad Nor Azli, Muhamad Syafiq and Mohd Radzi, Muhammad Faris and Ahmad Nazri, Muhammad Naguib and Saharudin, Mohd Shahneel and Inam, Fawad (2021) Design of an environmental stress cracking (ESC) tester using fracture mechanics approach / Muhamad Syafiq Mohamad Nor Azli …[et al.]. Journal of Mechanical Engineering (JMechE), 8 (1). pp. 123-136. ISSN (eISSN): 2550-164X

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Abstract

In this research, an ESC tester machine was built by utilising a fracture mechanics approach. The machine consists of critical components such as an aluminium frame, 3D printed pulley and bracket, DC motor, Arduino microcontroller, and fasteners. The test was performed by securing an acrylic sample using a hook fixed to bracket on the base of the frame and integrated load cell with Arduino microcontroller board. Digital camera was used to capture images with Image J processing software to measure the transient damage area and macro-crack length development at each test condition. The results suggested that the applied load can influence the fracture toughness values. At 55N, the fracture toughness for the acrylic was 1.9 MPa.m1/2 . Increasing the load to 65N, the fracture toughness dropped by 60% to 0.7 MPa.m1/2. The minimum fracture toughness was observed at 85N load; a 91% reduction was recorded. Maximum damage area of 89 mm2 was recorded for sample tested at 55N while minimum damage area was at 85N load, where only 31.81 mm2 area was calculated. It can be concluded that this newly built machine can be used to perform fracture toughness test on polymeric materials under environmental stress cracking (ESC) condition.

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Mohamad Nor Azli, Muhamad Syafiq
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Mohd Radzi, Muhammad Faris
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Ahmad Nazri, Muhammad Naguib
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Saharudin, Mohd Shahneel
mshahneel@unikl.edu.my
Inam, Fawad
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Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering. Civil engineering > Materials of engineering and construction
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > Machine design and drawing
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > Machine construction (General)
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Mechanical Engineering (JMechE)
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Journal of Mechanical Engineering (JMechE)
ISSN: (eISSN): 2550-164X
Volume: 8
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 123-136
Official URL: https://jmeche.uitm.edu.my/
Item ID: 47626
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fracture mechanics, stress cracking, design
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/47626

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