Transmission electron microscopy and optical studies of thin films of isotactic polystyrene (iPS) and polyoxymethylene (POM) provide evidence for a distinction between crazing mechanisms in semicrystalline polymers above and below Tg. In the latter temperature regime, deformation in iPS and POM crystallized at high supercooling has been discussed in terms of existing models for crazing in amorphous glassy polymers, based on entanglement ideas. Above Tg, where the difference in mechanical behavior of …
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