Stress relaxation in a polymer disk
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The stress relaxation in a polymer disk with a central hole, into which a rigid metal rod is press-fitted, is considered. The progressive redistribution of the stresses in the disk has been observed by a photoelastic method. In the theoretical solution of the problem the relaxation properties of the polymer are taken into account by means of a generalized nonlinear Maxwell equation with two terms of the relaxation spectrum. It is shown that the linear, as distinct from the nonlinear, theory is not capable of conveying the characteristics of the stress relaxation process in a rigid polymer disk.
KeywordsPolymer Relaxation Process Stress Relaxation Maxwell Equation Central Hole
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