Brittle fracture of polymer transient networks

Srishti Arora, Aamir Shabbir, Ole Hassager, Christian Ligoure, Laurence Ramos

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We study the fracture of reversible double transient networks, constituted of a water suspension of entangled surfactant wormlike micelles reversibly linked by various amounts of telechelic polymers. We provide a state diagram that delineates the regime of fracture without necking of the filament from the regime where no fracture or breakup has been observed. We show that filaments fracture when stretched at a rate larger than the inverse of the slowest relaxation time of the networks. We quantitatively demonstrate that dissipation processes are not relevant in our experimental conditions and that, depending on the density of nodes in the networks, fracture occurs in the linear elastic regime or in a nonlinearelastic regime. In addition, analysis of the crack opening profiles indicates deviations from a parabolic shape close to the crack tip for weakly connected networks. We demonstrate a direct elation between the amplitude of the deviation from the parabolic shape and the amount of non-linear elasticity.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event89th Annual Meeting of the Society of Rheology - Denver, United States
Duration: 8 Oct 201712 Oct 2017


Conference89th Annual Meeting of the Society of Rheology
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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