It has been shown that two competitive processes occur during the fatigue of polycaprolactam under symmetrical tension—compression: the buildup of defects—weakening—and the hardening of the material as a consequence of the removal of the plasticizer and structural changes.
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Bareishis, I.P., Stinskas, A.V. Polycaprolactam hardening during cyclic loading. Polymer Mechanics 9, 719–722 (1973). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00856264
- Structural Change
- Cyclic Loading
- Competitive Process