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Polymer Materials: Macroscopic Properties and Molecular Interpretations



Polymer Materials: Macroscopic Properties and Molecular Interpretations

Jean Louis Halary, Francoise Laupretre, Lucien Monnerie

ISBN: 978-0-470-92288-0 April 2011 432 Pages

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Advanced reviews for Polymer Materials

"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. 



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.

Appendix: Problems.


"The book is well readable, extremely well structured, and very informative - simply this is an indispensable, excellent textbook. Everybody interested in the molecular interpretation of the physical behavior of polymers should have it on the desk. The book will likely be a "must" for university teachers in polymer physics in the future." (Materials Views, 1 August 2011)