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Brittleness Testers

Rubbers are able to withstand large amounts of deformation without breaking as well as being able to return to their original shape after deformation. Similarly most polymers can undergo a large amount of plastic deformation prior to failure. This property is possible as polymer segments have a high mobility. As the temperature drops, this ability diminishes until the glass transition temperature is reached at which point, the materials becomes stiff and brittle. Brittleness Testers determine the lowest temperature at which rubbers and polymers do not exhibit brittle failure.