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Calculation of damage and of force relaxation in amorpho-crystalline polymers

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The dynamics of damage and of the relaxing force in amorpho-crystalline polymers under constant strain are calculated using the formulas for the probability of rupture of a deformed polymer molecule and a model representation of amorphous interlayers. The main parameters of the model are the maximum and minimum possible deformations of molecular chains, the energy of rupture activation, the function of the chain length distribution, the temperature, the macroscopic strain, and the relative dimensions of the amorphous interlayer. The conformity of the theoretical model and the association of the relaxation spectrum with the internal molecular and structural characteristics of the material are established.

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Zhambyl Technical Institute of Light and Food Industry, Taraz, Kazakhstan. Translated from Mekhanika Kompozitnykh Materialov, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 499–508, July–August, 1999.

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Mukanova, B.G., Junisbekov, O.T. Calculation of damage and of force relaxation in amorpho-crystalline polymers. Mech Compos Mater 35, 339–344 (1999). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02259723

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Key words

  • failure
  • polymer
  • Regel's element
  • stress relaxation
  • amorphous interlayer
  • probability of rupture
  • critical damage
  • durability prediction