Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Relaxation Time

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_9902

n Of a viscoelastic material under constant strain (specifically, one behaving as a Maxwell element), the time required for the stress to diminish to 1/e(= 0.368) of its initial value. Compare  Retardation Time.

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA