Mechanical and Thermal Properties

  • Christopher Hall


Everyday experience shows that polymeric materials display a remarkably wide range of mechanical behaviour, spanning brittle solid, rubber, leathery plastic, and strong fibre. Moreover, it is often evident that the mechanical character of a solid polymer is altered greatly by changes of temperature as small as a few degrees. In chapter 2 we saw that an amorphous polymer such as PMMA is brittle below its glass transition temperature Tg. At higher temperatures it softens progressively, turning gradually without any obvious discontinuity of property into a viscous liquid as the temperature rises.


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Mechanical Properties

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© Christopher Hall 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Hall
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  1. 1.Institute of Science and TechnologyUniversity of ManchesterUK

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