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  • 130 b/w illus. 41 exercises
  • Page extent: 272 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 0.64 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 547/.842
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: QD381 .M379 2007
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Elastomers
    • Elasticity
    • Polymers

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521814256)

Elastomers and rubberlike materials form a critical component in diverse applications that range from tyres to biomimetics and are used in chemical, biomedical, mechanical and electrical engineering. This updated and expanded edition provides an elementary introduction to the physical and molecular concepts governing elastic behaviour, with a particular focus on elastomers. The coverage of fundamental principles has been greatly extended and fully revised, with analogies to more familiar systems such as gases, producing an engaging approach to these phenomena. Dedicated chapters on novel uses of elastomers, covering bioelastomers, filled elastomers and liquid crystalline elastomers, illustrate the established and emerging applications at the forefront of physical science. With a list of experiments and demonstrations, problem sets and solutions, this is a self-contained introduction to the topic for graduate students, researchers and industrialists working in the applied fields of physics and chemistry, polymer science and engineering.

• The fundamentals have been revised and expanded, and novel uses of elastomers are covered, including liquid crystalline elastomers, bioelastomers, and filled elastomers • Includes questions and answers to assess the reader's grasp of the topics • Provides a list of experiments and demonstrations so the reader can put the theory into practice


Part A. Fundamentals: 1. Introduction; 2. Some rubberlike materials; 3. The single molecule: theory and experiment; 4. Preparation and structure of networks; 5. Elementary statistical theory for idealized networks; 6. Statistical theory for real networks; 7. Elastic equations of state and Force-Deformation relations; 8. Swelling of networks and volume phase transitions; 9. Force as a function of temperature; 10. Model elastomers; Part B. Additional Topics: 11. Networks prepared under unusual conditions; 12. Strain-induced crystallization and ultimate properties; 13. Multimodal networks; 14. Birefringence and segmental orientation; 15. Neutron scattering from networks; 16. Liquid crystalline elastomers; 17. Bioelastomers; 18. Filled elastomers; 19. Current problems and new directions; Appendixes: A. Relationships between I', ~, and Mc; B. Relationships between , <((d,)r2)>, 0, and t/>; C. Equations of state for miscellaneous deformations from the Constrained-Junction Theory; D. Thermodynamics of the relationship of stress to temperature; E. Questions and answers; F. Some publications describing laboratory/classroom experiments or demonstrations; References; Index.


Review of the first edition: 'This book is an introductory level, thoroughly referenced presentation of rubberlike elasticity in a concise but clear manner … In summary, the average reader should find Rubberlike Elasticity, A Molecular Primer useful and quite interesting.' Journal of the American Chemical Society

Review of the first edition: 'The structure of this book…put me in mind of a Chinese banquet. The reader is presented with a short, but well written and presented account of all the major aspects of rubberlike elasticity, and is left with the impression of having dined rather well…[A] welcome addition to academic reading lists … This book is eminently readable and well produced.' Chemistry in Britain

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