Describes a consistent set of relations between the structure of polymers and their commercially important thermal and mechanical properties for engineering applications--facilitating the development of a framework of polymer physics to explore new application areas without prior correlations. Includes methods for the easy calculation of input parameters and tabulates the most important parameters for 250 polymers.
"The author has taken on a difficult goal, and has succeeded to a remarkable extent. . ..the book will be extremely useful to anyone wanting a better understanding of the physical properties of polymers, and how to use this knowledge in designing the best polymeric structures for a given application. "
The model framework - group interaction modelling (GIM), thermal energy, model parameters, discussion - energy levels as states of matter; polymer properties below the glass transition - volumetric properties, mechanical properties - viscoelasticity, failure initiation conditions, strain and time dependent mechanical properties, thermal conductivity, surface appearance; glass transition temperature Tg - model for glass transition, aspects of Thermodynamic Tg, kinetics of the glass transition; properties above the glass transition - equation of state, the rubber plateau zone, dynamic mechanical properties - linear viscoelasticity, polymer rheology and nonlinear viscoelasticity; references; glossary of symbols and abbreviations.