chapter  5
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Viscoelasticity

ByAlejandro G. Marangoni

Elasticity and viscosity are just two ways in which materials can respond to externally applied stress. Materials can display solid or liquid behavior depending on their characteristic time and the time required for the process to occur, hereby referred to as process time. Whether a material exhibits elastic or viscous behavior depends on our frame of reference. We will clarify this point later.