This text emphasizes the mechanical behavior of elastomers. It discusses the molecular and micro configuration of the rubber matrix and how they produce the observed mechanical behavior.
The fatigue testing of specimens, curve fitting of equations to the test data, and the use of such equations in life prediction are covered compehensively. Stress-strain testing and behavior are covered to the extent relevant to fatigue analysis. Also, the text covers the application of finite element analysis to components to determine high stress points which are vulnerable to fatigue failure.
The book presents a very useful reference for practicing engineers charged with responsibility to design structural rubber components where fatigue life is a concern. It is aimed at aiding the design engineer in practical service life estimations and testing of rubber materials to that end.
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