Following previous results showing that under static loads it is possible to detect the first plasticization of the specimens at the end of the thermoelastic phase, the authors have conducted experimental trials to verify that this effect can be pointed out in notched and unnotched polyvinyl chloride (PVC) specimens. The goal is to define the real elastic phase also for materials for which the elastic limit and the yield stress are not easily defined, different from the case of steel. The results show a variable thermal behaviour depending on the distance from the notch. The thermal behaviour, proportional to the stress in the totally elastic phase, accordingly with the thermoelastic effect, deviating from the linearity, points out the beginning of the local plasticization. The thermoelastic limit, moving from the notch edge to the specimen boundary, allows to follow the paths of plasticization. The results are also compared with those found by cyclic loading using the thermographic methodology already verified by the authors and other researchers.
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