Polymer Materials: Macroscopic Properties and Molecular Interpretations
May 2011, ©2011
"Molecular modeling of polymers ... is a subject that cannot be found in any other [book] in any appreciable detail. ... [T]he detailed chapters on specific polymer systems is a great idea."
— Gregory Odegard, Michigan Technological University
"The polymer community needs a text book which can connect the macroscopic mechanics with mesoscopic and molecular aspects of polymer."
— Liangbin Li, University of Science and Technology of China
This book takes a unique, multi-scale approach to the mechanical properties of polymers, covering both the macroscopic and molecular levels unlike any other book on the market. Based on the authors’ extensive research and writing in the field, Polymer Materials emphasizes the relationships between the chemical structure and the mechanical behavior of polymer materials, providing authoritative guidelines for assessing polymer performance under different conditions and the design of new materials.
Key features of this book include:
- Experimental results on selected examples precede and reinforce the development of theoretical features
- In-depth discussions of a limited number of polymer systems instead of a brief overview of many
- Self-contained chapters with a summary of their key points
- Comprehensive problems and a solutions manual for the different parts of the book
- Coverage of the basics with an emphasis on polymer dynamics
An indispensable resource for polymer scientists and students alike, Polymer Materials is also highly useful for material scientists, engineers, chemists, and physicists in industry and academia.
LIST OF SYMBOLS.
Introduction to Polymer Materials.
1 The Four Classes of Polymer Materials.
2 The Macromolecular Chain in the Amorphous Bulk Polymer: Static and Dynamic Properties.
3 The Glass Transition.
4 Secondary Relaxations in Amorphous Polymers.
5 Entanglements in Bulk Un-Cross-Linked Polymers.
6 Semicrystalline Polymers.
7 Elastic and Hyperelastic Behaviors.
8 Linear Viscoelastic Behavior.
9 Anelastic and Viscoplastic Behaviors.
10 Damage and Fracture of Solid Polymers.
11 Mechanical Properties of Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) and Some of Its Random Copolymers.
12 Mechanical Properties of Bisphenol-A Polycarbonate.
13 Mechanical Properties of Epoxy Resins.
14 Polyethylene and Ethylene-a-olefi n Copolymers.
15 High-Modulus Thermoplastic Polymers.
16 Mechanical Tests for Studying Impact Behavior.
17 High-Impact Polystyrene.
18 Toughened Poly(Methyl Methacrylate).
19 Toughened Aliphatic Polyamides.
20 Toughened Epoxy Resins.
21 Chemically Cross-Linked Elastomers.
22 Reinforcement of Elastomers by Fillers.
23 Thermoplastic Elastomers.
FRANÇOISE LAUPR TRE, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the University Paris 12–Val de Marne in the Laboratory of Polymer Research. She has published numerous articles in scientific journals and a number of book chapters, and has lectured in many international conferences. Dr. Laupr¿tre has coauthored the books De la Macromolécule au Matériau Polymère and Mécanique des Matériaux Polymères.
LUCIEN MONNERIE, PhD, is Professor and Honorary Director of Studies of the ESPCI ParisTech. He has published hundreds of articles in scientific journals as well as a number of book chapters, and has lectured at many international meetings. Dr. Monnerie is coauthor of Mécanique des Matériaux Polymères.