In this chapter the relevant phenomena that dominate the mechanical performance of polymer glasses are discussed. Mechanical properties as measured in short-term experiments are directly linked to their long-term performance. The molecular processes that are of influence are investigated. The chapter is divided into two sections: The first deals with the phenomenology of the deformation, and the second addresses the constitutive modeling and precise characterization of polymers, needed to model their mechanical response.
|Title of host publication||Polymer science : a comprehensive reference, Vol.2|
|Editors||K. Matyjaszewski, M. Möller|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|