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Erkan Senses and Pinar Akcora Mechanistic model for deformation of polymer nanocomposite melts under large amplitude shear Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 51

Article first published online: 24 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.23247

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Reinforced nanocomposites that are subject to frequent deformation should withstand repeated mechanical loadings for their applications as energy absorbing and high-impact resistant materials, therefore, it is very critical to predict their mechanical properties under large shear. Here, the nonlinear mechanical response of a model composite system, poly(styrene)-SiO2, is analyzed to reveal the elastic stress contributions from the particle network and polymer and explain their mechanical properties at a wide range of strain amplitudes.

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