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Journal of Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 3791417, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3791417
Research Article

Experimental Investigation of Mechanical Properties of PVC Polymer under Different Heating and Cooling Conditions

Department of Production Engineering and Metallurgy, Technical College of Engineering, Sulaimani Polytechnic University, Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Received 27 November 2015; Accepted 13 January 2016

Academic Editor: Sheng-Rui Jian

Copyright © 2016 Sarkawt Rostam et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Due to a widely increasing usage of polymers in various industrial applications, there should be a continuous need in doing research investigations for better understanding of their properties. These applications require the usage of the polymer in different working environments subjecting the material to various temperature ranges. In this paper, an experimental investigation of mechanical properties of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) polymer under heating and cooling conditions is presented. For this purpose standard samples are prepared and tested in laboratory using universal material testing apparatus. The samples are tested under different conditions including the room temperature environment, cooling in a refrigerator, and heating at different heating temperatures. It is observed that the strength of the tested samples decreases with the increasing of heating temperature and accordingly the material becomes softer. Meanwhile the cooling environments give a clear increasing to the strength of the material.