Chemical stress cracking of acrylic fibres

J. Herms, L. H. Peebles, D. R. Uhlmann

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The generation of periodic microscopic transverse cracks in oriented acrylic fibres immersed in hot alkaline hypochlorite solution is described. A variety of chemical stress cracking was observed. It was found that cracking was accelerated by external tensile stress, high fibre permeability, moderate fibre orientation, and water-plasticization. It was also found that the cracking process was a sensitive indicator of residual latent strain in the fibre, which may persist after high-temperature annealing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
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StatePublished - 1982

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  • Materials Science(all)


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