A constitutive equation for nonlinear viscoelasticity is used to model the mechanical response of solid polymers such as polycarbonate. The nonlinearity arises from a reduced time which causes stress relaxation to accelerate with increasing strain. The constitutive equation can account for the occurrence of yield in a homogeneous uniaxial constant strain rate test. The constitutive equation is used in a study of the pure bending of beams. It is assumed that the classical assumption of beam theory is …
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