A new experimental technique for determining mechanical properties of the polymer/metal interface was developed by replacing the conventional mechanical testing machine with a piezoelectric actuator. The actuator was made from a thin ferroelectric ceramic beam attached to a bilayer polymer/metal composite specimen. The trilayer specimen was loaded by applying ac electric fields on the piezoelectric actuator to drive crack growth along the polymer/metal interface. Using this technique, fatigue crack growth behavior of epoxy/ aluminum interface was studied as a function of electric field, crack length and cyclic frequency. The crack growth rate was found to depend on the magnitude of the applied electric field and decrease with testing frequency.
|Number of pages
|Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings
|Published - 2003
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ceramics and Composites