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The Physics of Deformation and Fracture of Polymers by Ali Argon

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2 Structure of solid polymers

2.1 Overview

Before concentrating in the following chapters on the principal forms of mechanical behavior of polymers in the solid state, ranging from elastic flexure and anelastic deformation, to the transition to fully developed plastic deformation with associated texture evolution, all from the molecular level up, and finally to forms of fracture, again from the molecular level to the microstructural level, all over a wide temperature range, we discuss in this chapter the structure of solid polymers at all levels in detail. For this purpose we select a number of representative common polymers with relatively uncomplicated molecular structure and morphology, which, however, permit wide-ranging possibilities ...

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