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Polymer Networks

Structure and Mechanical Properties

  • A. J. Chompff
  • S. Newman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Paul J. Blatz
    Pages 23-45
  3. M. Shen, T. Y. Chen, E. H. Cirlin, H. M. Gebhard
    Pages 47-56
  4. S. S. Sternstein, G. M. Lederle
    Pages 57-82
  5. S. F. Edwards
    Pages 83-110
  6. J. J. Bikerman
    Pages 111-119
  7. Robert E. Cuthrell
    Pages 121-143
  8. A. J. Chompff
    Pages 145-192
  9. C. Picot, M. Fukuda, C. Chou, R. S. Stein
    Pages 293-305
  10. W. Prins
    Pages 323-339
  11. R. Brown, K. L. DeVries, M. L. Williams
    Pages 409-434
  12. L. H. Sperling, Volker Huelck, D. A. Thomas
    Pages 435-450
  13. H. L. Frisch, Daniel Klempner, K. C. Frisch, T. K. Kwei
    Pages 451-452
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 479-493

About this book

Introduction

For several decades, polymer science has sought to rationalize the mechanical and thermodynamic properties of polymer networks largely within the framework of statistical thermodynamics. Much of this effort has been directed toward the rubbery rather than the glassy state. It is generally assumed that networks possess an av­ erage composition to which average properties may be assigned; from such a continuum view, a powerful analysis of such properties as modulus, swelling, birefringence and thermoelasticity has emerged. In the years following the rise of polymer characterization (the late 40's and early 50's), many scientists began to study ap­ parent relations between the properties of linear polymer molecules and the networks obtainable therefrom. This search was also stimu­ lated by the wide range of applications of polymer networks in com­ mercial elastomers, thermosets and coatings. Frequently, these data were confidently matched with curves obtained from statisti­ cally describable models of networks of ghost chains, uniformly distributed in space. More recently, it has become apparent that polymer chains in networks are not as ideal as assumed in the formulation of statis­ tical models, and there has been a shift in emphasis towards the less than ideal, perturbed and possibly inhomogeneous networks which are more frequently encountered in practice. The continuum approach, however, had to be developed before inhomogeneous systems could be described; the present volume, therefore, contains both views.

Keywords

Copolymer birefringence dynamics elasticity elastomer mechanical property molecule polymer polymer science polymerization rubber structure thermodynamics thermoset

Editors and affiliations

  • A. J. Chompff
    • 1
  • S. Newman
    • 1
  1. 1.Polymer Science Department, Scientific Research StaffFord Motor CompanyDearbornUSA

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