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Microdeformation in heterogeneous polymers revealed by electron microscopy

Recent investigations of the tensile fracture behaviour of representative glassy and semicrystalline impact-resistant polymers are reviewed, with emphasis on the microdeformation behaviour as revealed by electron microscopy of sections from bulk specimens, where the crack-tip damage zone has been embedded and/or stained under load, and on thin films deformed in situ. The insight that such techniques have provided into the toughening mechanisms is discussed.


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