Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 1415–1423 | Cite as

The strain-rate and temperature dependence of the mechanical properties of polyetherketone and polyetheretherketone

  • S. Hamdan
  • G. M. Swallowe


The mechanical properties of polyetheretherketone and polyetherketone were studied as a function of strain rate and temperature in the ranges 10−3 to 103s−1 and 20–200°C. At temperatures below the glass transition temperature, Tg, the strain-rate sensitivity of both polymers was found to be almost independent of temperature with a value of ∼4 MPa per decade of strain rate and the behaviour was well described by an Eyring relationship leading to an activation volume of ∼1 nm3. Above Tg, X-ray and differential scanning calorimetry studies show that cold-crystallization phenomena play a very important part in the polymer behaviour, leading to an increase of yield stress with increasing temperature. The crystallization was found to be highly strain-rate dependent with no increase in crystalline content occurring in quasi-static tests and increases of up to 20% in higher rate tests. Much of the data have been gathered using novel test equipment which is described in the paper.


Polymer Mechanical Property Crystallization Differential Scanning Calorimetry Glass Transition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Hamdan
    • 1
  • G. M. Swallowe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsLoughborough University of TechnologyLeicestershireUK

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