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The Physics of Deformation and Fracture of Polymers by Ali Argon

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3 Constitutive connections between stress and strain in polymers

3.1 Overview

In the following chapters, Chapters 4–13, a variety of forms of mechanical response of polymers are presented that are overwhelmingly concentrated on elucidation of molecular mechanisms of strain production under stress in elastic and inelastic deformation as well as in fracture and in nurturing of toughness. In this, the basic tools are stresses and strains considered both under idealized conditions of rate- and in temperature-independent form, and, most often, under more realistic conditions over a wide range of temperatures and imposed strain rates.

In dealing with the wide-ranging forms of mechanical response of polymers, a basic understanding of the forms of ...

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