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Peel test revisited using novel high throughput methods

Arnaud Chiche, Wenhua Zhang, Christopher M. Stafford

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USA

Phone: (301) 975 3586



We have developed a novel combinatorial method for peel testing based on the use of gradient techniques, including surface roughness and energy, adhesive or backing layer thickness, and sample annealing temperature. The experimental design provides us with a high throughput map of peel force and energy as a function of geometric and energetic parameters. These are often overlooked in peel testing, despite their importance in defining the adhesive-adherent contact and the local stress distribution, which have recently been shown as control parameters of the debonding mechanisms in tack tests. We identified and characterized the peel mechanisms relevant to a model pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA). This class of adhesives, widely used industrially, exhibits remarkable viscoelasticity and ability to sustain large deformations.

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