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  The article shows that the viscoelastic behavior of polymers is well described by a nonlinear generalized Maxwell equation, generalized Russian scientists GI Gurevich In this paper, based on the results of experimental studies of the isothermal relaxation of thermal stresses presented a method to determine the relaxation parameters of the equation. The experiment was carried out on thin-walled tubes, with rigidly clamped ends. Heating or cooling from initial temperature to a final temperature (the temperature relaxation time) was carried out at a constant rate of heating (cooling) in a linear fashion. This work shows that the linearized theory does not give correct results.

Keywords: Thermal stresses, the Maxwell equations relating the parameters, isothermal relaxation