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32: The Glass Transition in Polymers

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    On completion of this TLP you should:

    • understand what is meant by the glass transition in amorphous polymers, and its causes
    • understand kinetic and thermodynamic analyses of the formation of glasses
    • appreciate that the value of the glass transition temperature depends on the method of measurement, and also on the strain rate or cooling or heating rate
    • understand how the glass transition affects the properties of rubber

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