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This article briefly introduces some commonly used methods of mechanical testing of plastics for determining mechanical properties, also describing the test methods and providing comparative data for the mechanical property tests. In addition, creep testing and dynamic mechanical analyses of viscoelastic plastics are briefly described. The discussion covers the most commonly used tests for impact performance, various types of hardness test for plastics, the fatigue strength of viscoelastic materials, and the tension testing of elastomers and fibers.

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Mechanical Testing and Properties of Plastics: An Introduction, Characterization and Failure Analysis of Plastics, Edited By Steven Lampman, ASM International, 2003, p 185–198,

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