You should be familiar with basic optical microscopy techniques and the concept of birefringence and photoelasticity in polymers. Awareness of X-ray diffraction and mechanical testing techniques would also be beneficial. The TLPs listed below contain useful, relevant material.
- Optical Microscopy and Specimen Preparation
- Introduction to Photoelasticity
- X-Ray Diffraction
- Introduction to Mechanical Testing
- The Stiffness of Rubber
- The Glass Transition in Polymers
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