© 1994

Polymer Properties at Room and Cryogenic Temperatures


Part of the The International Cryogenics Monograph Series book series (ICMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Günther Hartwig
    Pages 1-16
  3. Günther Hartwig
    Pages 17-46
  4. Günther Hartwig
    Pages 47-65
  5. Günther Hartwig
    Pages 67-95
  6. Günther Hartwig
    Pages 97-116
  7. Günther Hartwig
    Pages 139-172
  8. Günther Hartwig
    Pages 173-186
  9. Günther Hartwig
    Pages 187-218
  10. Günther Hartwig
    Pages 219-239
  11. Günther Hartwig
    Pages 241-250
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 251-273

About this book


Most descriptions of polymers start at room temperature and end at the melting point. This textbook starts at very low temperatures and ends at room temperature. At low temperatures, may processes and relaxations are frozen which allows singular processes or separate relaxations to be studied. At room temperatures, or at the main glass transitions, many processes overlap and the properties are determined by relaxations. At low temperatures, there are temperature ranges with negligible influences by glass transitions. They can be used for investigating so-called basic properties which arise from principles of solid state physics. The chain structure of polymers, however, requires stringent modifications for establishing solid state physics of polymers. Several processes which are specific of polymers, occur only at low temperatures. There are also technological aspects for considering polymers at low temperatures. More and more applications of polymeric materials in low­ temperature technology appear. Some examples are thermal and electrical insulations, support elements for cryogenic devices, low-loss materials for high­ frequency equipments. It is hoped that, in addition to the scientific part, a data collection in the appendix may help to apply polymers more intensively in low­ temperature technology. The author greatly appreciates the contributions by his coworkers of the Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe in measurement and discussion of many data presented in the textbook and its appendix. Fruitful disccussions with the colleagues Prof. H. Baur, Prof. S. Hunklinger, Prof. D. Munz and Prof. R.


composite deformation glass glass transition polymer polymer science polymers solid state physics transitions

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Kernforschungszentrum KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Universität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods
Energy, Utilities & Environment
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


`[This book] form[s] the basis of a good postgraduate course on the physics of the polymeric solid state....To produce a text like this is not easy...useful to those seeking to understand polymer physics of solids.'
Polymer International
`Good organization....The book is a textbook, a review, a handbook all rolled into one.'
Polymer News