Influence of temperature and strain rate on the mechanical behavior of three amorphous polymers: Characterization and modeling of the compressive yield stress

J. Richeton, S. Ahzi, K. S. Vecchio, F. C. Jiang, R. R. Adharapurapu

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Uniaxial compression stress-strain tests were carried out on three commercial amorphous polymers: polycarbonate (PC), polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), and polyamideimide (PAI). The experiments were conducted under a wide range of temperatures (-40 °C to 180°C) and strain rates (0.0001 s -1 up to 5000 s-1). A modified split-Hopkinson pressure bar was used for high strain rate tests. Temperature and strain rate greatly influence the mechanical response of the three polymers. In particular, the yield stress is found to increase with decreasing temperature and with increasing strain rate. The experimental data for the compressive yield stress were modeled for a wide range of strain rates and temperatures according to a new formulation of the cooperative model based on a strain rate/temperature superposition principle. The modeling results of the cooperative model provide evidence on the secondary transition by linking the yield behavior to the energy associated to the β mechanical loss peak. The effect of hydrostatic pressure is also addressed from a modeling perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2318-2335
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2006



  • Amorphous polymers
  • Experiments
  • Mechanical response
  • Modeling
  • PAI
  • PC
  • PMMA
  • Pressure effect
  • Strain rate effect
  • Temperature effect
  • Yield stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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