11. Predicting Mechanical Performance of Polymers

  1. Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Matyjaszewski2,
  2. Prof. Dr. Yves Gnanou3 and
  3. Prof. Dr. Ludwik Leibler4,5
  1. Han E. H. Meijer,
  2. Leon E. Govaert and
  3. Tom A. P. Engels

Published Online: 23 SEP 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9783527631421.ch43

Macromolecular Engineering: Precise Synthesis, Materials Properties, Applications

Macromolecular Engineering: Precise Synthesis, Materials Properties, Applications

How to Cite

Meijer, H. E. H., Govaert, L. E. and Engels, T. A. P. (2007) Predicting Mechanical Performance of Polymers, in Macromolecular Engineering: Precise Synthesis, Materials Properties, Applications (eds K. Matyjaszewski, Y. Gnanou and L. Leibler), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527631421.ch43

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemistry, 4400 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

  2. 3

    Université Bordeaux 1, Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques, ENSCPB, 16 avenue Pey-Berland, 33607 Pessac, France

  3. 4

    Matière Molle et Chimie, UMR 167 CNRS, ESPCI, 10 rue Vauquelin, 75005 Paris, France

  4. 5

    UMR 167 CNRS-ESPCI École Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles, 10 rue Vauquelin, 75231 Paris Cedex 05, France

Author Information

  1. Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands

  1. A list of mechanical and structural jargon and a list of nomenclature can be found at the end of this chapter.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2011
  2. Published Print: 23 FEB 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527314461

Online ISBN: 9783527631421



  • mechanical performance;
  • polymers;
  • intrinsic behavior;
  • rejuvenated state;
  • state parameter S;
  • physical ageing;
  • semi-crystalline polymers


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Modelling Intrinsic Behavior: the Rejuvenated State

  • The State Parameter S that Captures Physical Ageing

  • Evolution of S, Physical Ageing During Processing

  • Why Heterogeneity is Always Needed: Craze-initiation by Surpassing a Critical Cavitation Stress and Its Consequences for the Microstructure

  • Semi-crystalline Polymers, Intrinsic Behavior and Geometrical Softening

  • Semi-crystalline Polymers: the Influence of Flow

  • From Heterogeneous Structures to Anisotropic Mechanical Properties

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • References