This book aims to rehabilitate kinetic modeling in the domain of polymer ageing, where it has been almost abandoned by the research community.
Kinetic modeling is a key step for lifetime prediction, a crucial problem in many industrial domains in which needs cannot be satisfied by the common empirical methods. Proposed is a renewed approach of lifetime prediction in polymer oxidative ageing. This approach is based on kinetic models built from relatively simple mechanistic schemes but integrating physical processes (oxygen diffusion and stabilizer transport), and use property (for instance mechanical failure) changes. An important chapter is dedicated to radiation-induced oxidation and its most important applications: radiochemical ageing at low dose rates and photo-chemical ageing under solar radiation. There is also a chapter devoted to the problem of ageing under coupled oxidation and mechanical loading.
1. Methodological Aspects.
2. Aspects Common to all Oxidation Processes.
3. Basic Kinetic Schemes.
4. Oxidation and Oxygen Diffusion.
6. Molecular Mobility and Reactivity.
7. Structural Changes Caused by Oxidation.
8. Effects of Oxidation on Physical and Mechanical Properties.
10. Oxidation Under Irradiation.
Jacques Verdu obtained the Docteur d’ Etat at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris) in 1976 and became Professor at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers in 1981.
In 1980 he created a research laboratory, Laboratoire de Transformation et Vieillissement des polymers (LTVP), of which he was the director until 2008 at which point he became Professor Emeritus. He has published about 280 papers in scientific journals, mostly on polymer ageing, with others on polymer physics, mainly network properties, and has co-authored about a dozen books and about 400 conferences. He has obtained 3 scientific awards and 2 honorary medals.