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Volume 165, 201812th International Fatigue Congress (FATIGUE 2018)
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Fatigue behaviour of an industrial synthetic rubber
Institut de Recherche en Génie Civil et Mécanique (GeM), UMR CNRS 6183, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, 44300 Nantes, France
2 Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme (IRDL), FRE CNRS 3744, ENSTA Bretagne, 29200 Brest, France
3 Vibracoustic Nantes, CAE Durability Department, 1 Rue du Tertre, 44470, Carquefou, France
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
For some automotive anti-vibration applications, for instance exhaust hangers, center bearing bushes or torsional vibration dampers, temperature constraints make the use of synthetic rubbers, such as EPDM, necessary because of their better heat aging resistance compared to natural rubber. The aim of this paper is to understand the features of the fatigue behaviour of an industrial EPDM compared to the wellknown natural rubber. To do so, fatigue tests are conducted on hourglass-shaped specimens, and fracture surfaces are analysed using optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It appears that every samples exhibit only one root cause of failure. Thus, two types of precursors are identified as responsible of the final fracture of samples: material’s inclusions and mold flaws. Interrupted fatigue tests are then performed and fatigued samples are observed with SEM. The built procedure allows us to follow fatigue cracks initiation and propagation along cycles, and to propose local damage mechanisms for each type of precursors. A global damage scenario is finally considered and compared to the one of natural rubber described in the literature.
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