Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp 577–584

Relation between the compression yield stress and the mechanical loss peak of bisphenol-A-polycarbonate in the β transition range

  • J. C. Bauwens

DOI: 10.1007/BF00761956

Cite this article as:
Bauwens, J.C. J Mater Sci (1972) 7: 577. doi:10.1007/BF00761956


The compression yield behaviour of polycarbonate, at constant strain-rate, over a wide range of temperatures, is described by the Ree-Eyring theory of non-Newtonian viscosity linked with a treatment which takes into account a distribution function of activation energies.

The proposed yield mechanism relies on the assumption that theβ process considered in the Ree-Eyring theory and the loss peak revealed by oscillatory measurements are related to the same molecular movements.

A relation is given between theβ transition conditions in yield measurements and in damping tests; its validity is checked.

The broadness and the shape of theβ loss peak are correlated with a spectrum of activation energies.

The compression yield-stress curve, giving the yield stress versus temperature at constant strain-rate, is computed from the measurements of the loss tangent, as a function of temperature, at the frequency corresponding to the strain-rate and is found to fit the data fairly well.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Bauwens
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut des MatériauxUniversité Libre de BruxellesBelgium

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