The effect of flexible substrates on pressure-sensitive adhesive performance

A J Steven-Fountain, A G Atkins, G Jeronimidis, J F V Vincent, D F Farrar, R A Chivers

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The adhesive fracture energy (fracture toughness) of tapes during globally elastic unpeeling is often calculated from the relation "G = P/b(1 - cos theta)". We show that while this expression is correct for elastic peeling from rigid substrates, it gives misleading results when peeling from reversible flexible substrates. A two-dimensional analysis is presented for peeling from non-linear elastic substrates that give consistent fracture energies from experimental data. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-430
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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