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The thermodynamics of stretched rubber, a function of speed?

  1. Dec 10, 2013 #1
    By stretching a rubber band slowly and then slowly releasing it can we minimize the energy lost, (minimize the change in entropy?)? If so should a hysteresis curve be a function of the rate at which the rubber is deformed?

    See,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hysteresis#Elastic_hysteresis

    Then should the curve in the link above state so?

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 15, 2013 #2
    The article above does point out that loss is a function of speed for those who do more then read the graphic captions.
     
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