Micromechanics of semicrystalline polymers: towards quantitative predictions

J.A.W. van Dommelen, M. Poluektov, A. Sedighiamiri, L.E. Govaert

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An initially qualitative two-phase elasto-viscoplastic micromechanical model for the mechanical performance of semicrystalline materials has previously been developed. In the last decade, a series of extensions to this model have been aimed towards quantitative predictions of the response of semi-crystalline polymers based on their microstructure. These developments included extensive experimental characterization and modelling of the yield kinetics, time-to-failure, creep and thermal shrinkage and expansion. This paper gives an overview of the route from the initially qualitative model to a model that quantitatively captures these complex aspects of the mechanical response of a semicrystalline polymer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-9
Number of pages6
JournalMechanics Research Communications
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


  • Composite inclusion model
  • Creep
  • Micromechanics
  • Semicrystalline polymers
  • Yield kinetics


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