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New static and dynamic stiffness testers

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Abstract

Instruments have been developed for the testing of stiffness of polymers in various gaseous environmental “atmospheres” over a large range of temperatures. They are based on the cantilever principle, where a small strip of a specimen is deflected statically or periodically. Changes in stiffness are measured as function of the bending force or power input, respectively. The dynamic instrument responds very sensitively to the onset of cracking in specimens due to ozone exposure. The static instrument is well suited for measuring the onset of rapidly increasing stiffness as temperatures are lowered.

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