TC4 - Lecture 8

Rubbers, far beyond simple fracture mechanics: why, how & what?


The aim of the lecture is to provide the participants with the basic tools and knowledge to carry out a reliable characterization of the peculiar fracture behaviour of rubbers. After a brief introduction to the material and to most common approaches to rubber fracture mechanics, the focus will be on distinctive features which characterize the rubber mechanical behaviour and on their effects on fracture testing: dissipation, hysteretic heating, filler, strain induced crystallization.


Silvia Agnelli

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Brescia, Via Branze 38, 25123 Brescia, Italy.

Claudia Marano

Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali e Ingegneria Chimica "Giulio Natta", Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano Italy.

Bernd Schrittesser

Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH, Roseggerstrasse 12, 8700 Leoben, Austria.