Bubble inclusions present in cast acrylic plastic generally degrade the mechanical properties of the material. To evaluate the effect of bubbles on the mechanical strength of acrylic plastic, 120 tensile and compressive test specimens were machined from massive acrylic castings with bubble inclusions. The specimens were tested under uniaxial loading condition and effect of bubbles on tensile and compressive strength noted. The stress raiser effect of bubbles caused the tensile specimens to fail at stresses 7 to 30 percent lower than observed in specimens without bubbles. The compressive yield strength was not affected by bubbles. However, here the bubbles served as stress raisers also and caused cracks to initiate at the bubble surfaces when the yield strength of acrylic plastic was reached.

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