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The Physics of Deformation and Fracture of Polymers by Ali Argon

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7 Inelastic behavior of non-polymeric glasses

7.1 Overview

In this chapter we discuss the mechanistic inelastic response of non-polymeric glassy solids of both metallic and covalent types, the structures of which are much simpler than those of glassy polymers. This permits us to become mechanistically specific in dealing with the rate-controlling processes of plasticity at the atomic level from initial yielding to the development of large plastic strain, over a wide temperature range from 0 K to the glass-transition temperature. All of this will be a prelude to similar but more complex phenomena in polymers. We introduce precise concepts of a liquid-like material environment, which govern plastic flow in a much clearer manner than the less ...

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