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This article describes the mechanisms of moisture-induced damage in polymeric materials, covering the characteristics of important structural plastics; the effects of moisture on glass transition temperature, modulus, creep, and stress relaxation of plastic materials; and moisture-induced fatigue failure in composites. The effect of moisture on the mechanical properties of thermoset resins and thermoplastics are also discussed.

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Moisture-Related Failure, Characterization and Failure Analysis of Plastics, Edited By Steven Lampman, ASM International, 2003, p 314–322,

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