Progressive damage in paper

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Research units

  • University of Toronto
  • University of Jyväskylä
  • KCL Paper Science Centre
  • Helsinki University of Technology


The local strain field and debonding of fibers ("damage") were measured simultaneously during the tensile testing of paper specimens. The results suggest that the local material laws - and particularly the final rupture point - of the papers studied in CD were determined primarily by the drying shrinkage. No universal values were found for the local strain or damage at ruptures. Structural non-uniformity of the entire specimen controlled the distribution of external strain within it. A non-uniform structure leads to an effective concentration of strain and damage in low grammage areas so that high grammage areas are left practically intact. As a result the average age external elongation at the point of final rupture is much smaller than the local strain int he rupture zone. In more uniform structures the difference between high and low grammage areas is smaller and the external breaking strain is higher.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-372
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1998
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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