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Failure Analysis and Prevention

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William T. Becker
William T. Becker
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Roch J. Shipley
Roch J. Shipley
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ASM International
Volume
11
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-180-1
Publication date:
2002
Book Chapter

Effect of Environment on the Performance of Plastics

By
Donald E. Duvall
Donald E. Duvall
Engineering Systems Inc.
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Published:
2002
Page range:
796 - 799
Publication history
November 01, 2002

Abstract

The article commences with an overview of short-term and long-term mechanical properties of polymeric materials. It discusses plasticization, solvation, and swelling in rubber products. The article further describes environmental stress cracking and degradation of polymers. It illustrates how surface degradation of a plain strain tension specimen alters the ductile brittle transition in polyethylene creep rupture. The article concludes with information on the effects of temperature on polymer performance.

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Donald E. Duvall, 2002. "Effect of Environment on the Performance of Plastics", Failure Analysis and Prevention, William T. Becker, Roch J. Shipley

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