Time and temperature dependent response and relaxation of a soft polymer

Akhtar S. Khan, Oscar Lopez-Pamies

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A comprehensive study on the compressive uniaxial mechanical response of the polymer Adiprene-L100, a polyether urethane-based rubber, is presented. Quasi-static and dynamic experiments, under compression, were performed at a wide range of strain rates (10-5≤ε̇≤5000 s-1) and temperatures (-100≤T≤270°F). The behavior of the polymer was found to be nonlinear and highly dependent on both, strain rate and temperature. Adiprene-L100 exhibited stress relaxation, dependent on strain rate, initial strain and stress levels at room temperature. The viscoplastic strain was found to be negligibly small.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1359-1372
Number of pages14
JournalInternational journal of plasticity
Issue number10
StatePublished - Aug 26 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Polymeric materials
  • Stress relaxation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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