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Title:Numerical simulation of semicrystalline nylon 6: elastic constants of crystalline and amorphous parts
Author(s):Hsia, K.J.; Xin, Y.B.; Lin, L.
Subject(s):Semi-crystalline Nylon 6
Elastic Constants
Crystalline And Amorphous Parts
Abstract:The elastic responses of crystalline and amorphous parts in semi-crystalline nylon 6 are determined by computer simulation using the finite element method. Semi-crystalline nylon 7 is modelled as a composite consisting of alternating layers of lamellar crystals and amorphous regions. Full morphological details identified by Lin and Argon in their highly textured nylon 6 bulk samples are incorporated in the model. An optimization scheme is employed to systematically search for the individual components' elastic constants which give rise to a composite elastic behavior as that measured by Lin and Argon. A two-dimensional plane strain finite element analysis is performed to evaluate the composite elastic behavior for given set of constituents' elastic constants. The resulted elastic constants of semi-crystalline nylon 6 for the optimized values of crystalline and amorphous elastic properties are within 6% average error with the experimental data. The computations also reveal that high stress concentration exists in the crystalline region. Therefore, experimental measurements of plastic resistance may represent a significant underestimate of the intrinsic critical resolved shear strength of polymer crystals.
Issue Date:1993-01
Publisher:Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. College of Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:TAM R 706
1993-6004
Genre:Technical Report
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/112393
ISSN:0073-5264
Rights Information:Copyright 1993 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-11-04


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