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Mechanical properties of polymers (4 points)
Synopsis: Temperature dependence of mechanical properties; single relaxation time model; structural approach to single relaxation time model; distribution of relaxation times; Boltzmann superposition; time-temperature superposition; vulcanisation and reinforcement of elastomers; theory of rubber elasticity; yielding; crazing; polymer toughening; mechanical properties of composites; strength, modulus and stiffness; rule of mixtures and orientation dependence; stress transfer between fibre and matrix; energy dissipation during fracture; laminate theory.
Contact Hours: 2 lectures per week plus tutorials
Prerequisites: MTE2504 or MTE2514
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