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Fracture Mechanics of Low Molecular Weight Polymers

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 February 2011

Antonios G. Mikos
Affiliation:
School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
Nikolaos A. Peppas
Affiliation:
School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
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Abstract

A novel analysis is presented to explain mechanistic aspects of the fracture of low molecular weight polymers. The fracture energy is calculated as a function of the mean interpenetration distance of a polymer chain which has been derived from the solution of the Fokker-Planck equation. Experimental results with monodisperse polystyrene have been used to validate the theory.

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 1988

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