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Indentation model and strain gradient plasticity law for glassy polymers

  • David C. C. Lam (a1) and Arthur C. M. Chong (a1)

Abstract

Plastic deformation of metals is generally a function of the strain. Recently, both phenomenological and dislocation-based strain gradient plasticity laws were proposed after strain gradients were experimentally found to affect the plastic deformation of the metal. A strain gradient plasticity law is developed on the basis of molecular theory of yield for glassy polymers. A strain gradient plasticity modulus with temperature and molecular dependence is proposed and related to indentation hardness. The physics of the strain gradient plasticity in glassy polymer is then discussed in relation to the modulus.

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