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Briody C.,Dublin Institute of Technology | Briody C.,Center for Elastomer Research | Duignan B.,Dublin Institute of Technology | Duignan B.,Center for Elastomer Research | And 3 more authors.
Polymer Testing | Year: 2012

Compressive creep gradually affects the structural performance of flexible polymeric foam material over extended time periods. When designing components, it is often difficult to account for long-term creep, as accurate creep data over long time periods or at high temperatures is often unavailable. This is mainly due to the lengthy testing times and/or inadequate high temperature testing facilities. This issue can be resolved by conducting a range of short-term creep tests and applying accurate prediction methods to the results. Short-term creep testing was conducted on viscoelastic polyurethane foam, a material commonly used in seating and bedding systems. Tests were conducted over a range of temperatures, providing the necessary results to allow for the generation of predictions of long-term creep behaviour using time-temperature superposition. Additional predictions were generated, using the William Landel Ferry time-temperature empirical relations, for material performance at temperatures above and below the reference temperature range. Further tests validated the results generated from these theoretical predictions. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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