2018 Volume 46 Issue 5 Pages 195-202
Various novel mathematical approaches to analyze the tensile properties and molecular structure in polymeric solids are introduced. The failure behavior such as yielding and necking is treated as a phase modification resulting from an elemental catastrophe phenomenon. The ductile fracture behavior under tension is characterized by a stochastic Ito-process where the probability density functions of fracture time, strength, and toughness followed Gaussian statistics. In addition, a grath-theoretical approach is applied to give the radius of gyration and dynamics of polymer molecules which is a key parameter in morphology formation being directly related to mechanical failure and fracture.