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Durability and Reliability of Medical Polymers by A Stamboulis, M Jenkins

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The effect of molecular structure on the properties of biomedical polymers

G. Pertici,     Industrie Biomediche Insubri SA, Switzerland

Abstract:

A review is presented on the effects of the molecular structure of polymers on their properties. The influence of such variables as molecular weight, macromolecular conformation and crystallisation, amorphous states and the glass transition temperature are discussed. Biphasic systems are explored and the properties of thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers are investigated.

Key words

amorphous state

crystallinity

average molecular weight

polydispersity

glass-transition temperature

2.1 Introduction: the molecular structure of polymers

Natural and synthetic polymers are comprised of macromolecules. ...

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