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A general equation of state for polymeric materialsD. Porter1 and P.J. Gould2
1 QinetiQ Ltd., Farnborough GU14 0LX, UK
2 QinetiQ Ltd., Bristol BS16 1EJ, UK
Published online: 26 July 2006
Prediction of the high strain rate response of polymer and polymer-composite materials is necessary in a variety of important defence and industrial applications. The response of such materials is dominated by the interchain van de Waal's bonding and this implies that a general form for the pressure-volume relation should exist. Well-validated molecular modelling has allowed the form of such relations to be explored. A relation that links pressure, volume and energy for polymers via a generalised potential function is presented and demonstrated for materials of interest. The parameters used in the relation can all be determined from the chemical structure of the polymer, and additivity rules are used to apply the model to unreacted PBX material from its components. Good agreement with experimental data is found.
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