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Special Lecture on Mechano-Infra Engineering B
( Emmanuelle Chaber  )


Fri 5-6Session I124

Credits  Lecture:1  Practice:0  Experiment:0 / code:40016
Update : 2009/7/23
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Outline of lecture
Polymers are macromolecules that can give rise to a wide range of complex behaviors, depending on how these molecules are arranged at microscopic length scales (i.e., the microstructure). Beyond the more standard liquid and crystalline states of matter, polymers can also appear in more unusual phases, such as the glassy phase, the rubber or elastomeric phase. This richness in behavior, as well as the fact that numerous tools have been developed over the last 50 years to synthesize and commercialize these materials makes them extremely useful in application. They have replaced more traditional materials, such a metals and wood, in a huge number of applications, and this trend will apparently continue. In this course an overview of the physical properties of polymers will be presented with the objective of making contact with the mechanical properties of such materials in the solid state.
Purpose of lecture
Mechanics of solid polymers.
Plan of lecture
13 blocks including exercises and final exam. Some homework will be assigned for each chapter.


¨ Introductory lecture
¨ From polymers structure to the properties
¨ Rubber, glass and crystalline states
¨ Glass transition
¨ Semi crystalline polymers (morphology, mechanisms of deformation)
¨ Linear viscoelasticity
¨ Molecular mobility, experiments
¨ Boltzmann superposition principle, Laplace transform
¨ Relaxation and retardation functions, rheological models, empirical laws
¨ Master curve
¨ Dynamic response
¨ Viscoplasticity (vitreous state)
¨ Finite elasticity (rubber state)
¨ Review of kinematics and equilibrium in the context of finite deformation
¨ Entropic elasticity
¨ Mechanical models
¨ Identification of a behaviour law
¨ Introduction to composite materials and laminates
Textbook and reference
Scaling concepts in polymer physics, P.-G. de Gennes, 1979
Mechanical properties of solid polymers, I. Ward, Wiley, 1983
Introduction to Polymers, R.J. Young P. A. Lovell, 1991
Viscoelastic solids, Lakes R. S., 1999
Physics and mechanics of amorphous polymers, Jo Perez, 1998
Related and/or prerequisite courses
Mechanics/Polymer materials
Evaluation
Final exam

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