Correlation between impact strength and fractal dimensions of fracture surface for PLLA/nano-CaCO3composites

Ji Zhao Liang, De Rong Duan, Chak Yin Tang, Chi Pong Tsui

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The V-notched Izod impact strength of poly-L-lactide composites filled with nanosized calcium carbonate was measured at room temperature. The fractal dimensions of the impact fracture surface were determined by means of the structure function method, and the relationship between the measured impact strength and the fractal dimensions of the specimen fracture surface was investigated. The results showed that the fractal dimensions of the fracture surface were within the range of about 1.76 to 1.97, all of the correlation coefficients were higher than 0.9, the strong linear correlation indicated that the fractal characterization of the fracture surface for the composites was significant, the measured impact strength increased obviously with increasing fractal dimension of the fracture surface and the correlation between them was roughly linear when the fractal dimension was more than 1.88.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-115
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer Testing
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Fractography
  • Fracture toughness
  • Polymer-matrix composites
  • Statistical method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics


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