The Interaction of Liquid Environments with Hard Elastic High Impact Polystyrene

  • Kim Walton
  • Abdelsamie Moet
  • Eric Baer
Part of the Polymer Science and Technology book series


The hard-elastic behavior exhibited by specially prepared polymers has been under intensive investigation since its patenting in the mid-1960’s [1]. Recently, the phenomenology of hard elasticity in crystalline polymers has been thoroughly reviewed by Sprague [2] and more recently, Cannon, McKenna and Statton [3]. Common mechanical and physical properties of these unique materials include (a) an initial Hookean elasticity, (b) high recoverability from large strains, (c) energetic retractive forces, (d) rehealing after work softening, and (e) constant cross-sectional area during deformation.


Surface Tension Void Volume Fraction Stress Plateau Liquid Environment Stress Rise 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kim Walton
    • 1
  • Abdelsamie Moet
    • 1
  • Eric Baer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Macromolecular Science, Case Institute of TechnologyCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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