Accession Number:

ADA257439

Title:

Mechanical Properties of Structural Polymers. Computer Simulations and Key Experiments

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept. 1 Sep 1986-30 Sep 1992

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE DEPT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-09-30

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

In terms of molecular microstructures and morphology, polymers are some of the most complex engineering materials. They offer, however, vast potential in structural applications, in both monolithic form as well as matrices in composite materials. Through chemical synthesis new polymers are being put together routinely in large numbers. In this quest, the understanding of their physical properties and, more seriously, their mechanical properties have lagged behind - often resulting in inadequate exploitation of the full potential of existing polymers. While the physics and chemistry of polymers have received more serious attention, the mechanical properties have been studied largely phenomenologically without adequately relating these properties through the relevant mechanisms to the microstructure or morphology. To rectify this deficiency and to elucidate the mechanisms that govern the mechanical properties of polymers a long range fundamental investigation was initiated in 1986 through the opportunity offered by the DARPA University Research Initiatives Program.

Subject Categories:

  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE