Mechanical and chemical mechanisms may act synergistically to degrade the mechanical properties of polymers. This synergism should be considered during design of components for sustained loads in hostile environments. If these polymers are to be used as load-bearing structural elements in automobile and industrial environments, they are likely to be simultaneously exposed to such environments and stress. These studies explore the deleterious effects of gaseous pollutants (e.g. NO, in air) and mechanical stres…
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