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The Physics of Deformation and Fracture of Polymers by Ali Argon

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1 Structure of non-polymeric glasses

1.1 Overview

The principal assignment of this book is to present the physics of inelastic deformation and fracture of polymers, incorporating microstructural forms ranging from fully disordered glassy polymers to semi-crystalline morphologies of quite considerable crystalline perfection. While the semi-crystalline polymers have few, if any, parallels in morphology among other solids, the glassy polymers have such parallels in their atomic packing forms and morphologies in metallic glasses and space-network glasses, which exhibit most of the forms of structural relaxation, inelastic response, and fracture behavior of glassy polymers, albeit often in modified forms and on somewhat different scales. Since these ...

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