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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 3.91 (Spring 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Mechanical Behavior of Plastics 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Materials Science and Engineering 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 3.91 Mechanical Behavior of Plastics

    Spring 2007

    Course Highlights

    3.91 Mechanical Behavior of Plastics

    Spring 2007

    Model of a cable-stayed bridge.
    Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite technology is recommended by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration for reinforcing elements, cable and tendon systems, laminates and repairs to highway bridges. (Courtesy of U.S. FHWA.)

    Course Description

    This course is aimed at presenting the concepts underlying the response of polymeric materials to applied loads. These will include both the molecular mechanisms involved and the mathematical description of the relevant continuum mechanics. It is dominantly an "engineering" subject, but with an atomistic flavor. It covers the influence of processing and structure on mechanical properties of synthetic and natural polymers: Hookean and entropic elastic deformation, linear viscoelasticity, composite materials and laminates, yield and fracture.

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .csv, .exe, .for, and .f90.


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