Dissemination of IT for the Promotion of Materials Science (DoITPoMS)



On completion of this TLP you should:

  • Be able to predict the stiffness of rubber from a simple picture of its molecular structure
  • Be able to use the stiffness to predict how rubber specimens of different shapes will deform
  • Understand why rubber is known as an "entropy spring"
  • Appreciate that the stiffness of rubber rises with increasing temperature, in contrast to all other materials
  • Understand the pressure-size relationship exhibited by a balloon