Apparent physical aging of polymeric composites Conference Paper uri icon


  • Micromechanics and the finite element method are used to explore the importance of the relaxation of thermal residual stresses in the momentary creep compliance of polymeric composites, The relaxation of thermal residual stresses is shown to produce an apparent aging of the material. The relative importance of this apparent aging as compared to physical aging is assessed. It is shown that a significant portion of the phenomenon that is generally attributed to physical aging may not be due to aging at all, but to the relaxation of thermal residual stress.

published proceedings

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Noise Control and Acoustics Division (Publication) NCA

author list (cited authors)

  • Allen, D. H., Zocher, M. A., & Groves, S. E.

complete list of authors

  • Allen, DH||Zocher, MA||Groves, SE

publication date

  • December 1995