Resources for Education


In this page you will find animations on the structure of polymeric materials, mechanical deformation of polymers, crack formation and propagation, scratch testing, and true stress vs engineering stress.

To visualize the animations, download either the large-size or small-size file to your computer and double click on the file. These are all .avi files and can be open with Windows Media Player or similar software. Both animation sizes have the exact same data - the difference is only the quality of the image.

Email us if you have any problems downloading or running an animation file.



Deformation mechanisms - Chain Separation.

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Deformation mechanisms - Chain Scission.

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Scratching simulations.

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Single Layer Polymer


Three Layer Polymer



Twenty Layer Polymer







Fibers in Polymer



3D Model of Polymeric Material



3D Model of Polymeric Material with Cylinder Island






Nano-scratch Simulation on High Density Polyethylene Cross Section





Nano-scratch Simulation on High-Density Polyethylene





Nano-indentation Simulation on High-Density Polyethylene Cross Section





Nano-indentation Simulation on High-Density Polyethylene





Nano-indentation Comparison of Circular and Ovoid Liquid Crystal Islands - Circular





Nano-indentation Comparison of Circular and Ovoid Liquid Crystal Islands - Ovoid






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Updated February 22 2014.