The effects of temperature, strain rate and filler content on tensile properties of SAN/glass bead composites are studied. A point of discontinuity on the stress-strain curves for unannealed composites is investigated, annealing results in smooth curves with no discontinuities. A simple model for the filler effect on yield stress is suggested and shown to be in a good agreement with experimental data. A double shifting procedure to account for the temperature and filler effects on yield stress as a function of strain rate is proposed. A single master curve that can be represented by the equation:

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relates composite yield stress to strain rate, temperature and filler volume fraction.