An Overview of the Fatigue of Polychloroprene Rubber
Some fundamental studies carried in a synthetic rubber - Chloroprene CR29 are presented in the first part of the paper. A critical analysis of test results, shows that an energy based approach permits the determination of fatigue lives in this material. This aspect is further enhanced by biaxial fatigue tests in the same material. These tests covering a life range from 10000 to 1000000 cycles show that the energy based model is very efficient to describe the fatigue behavior. Some evidence of strain induced crystallization (previously observed in natural rubber) with associated life enhancement at high load ratios is also presented. A comprehensive model based on the determination of the constitutive laws taking into account the viscoelastic behavior is developed showing excellent correlation with experimental data.
Graham Clark and Chun H. Wang
J. L. Poisson et al., "An Overview of the Fatigue of Polychloroprene Rubber", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 891-892, pp. 518-523, 2014