Creep measurements confirm steady flow after stress maximum in extension of branched polymer melts.


We provide conclusive evidence of nonmonotonic mechanical behavior in the extension of long-chain branched polymer melts. While nonmonotonic behavior is known to occur for solids, for the case of polymeric melts, this phenomenon is in direct contrast with current theoretical models. We rule out the possibility of the overshoot being an experimental artifact… (More)


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