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    Different semicrystalline polymers including poly(l‐lactic acid), poly(ethylene terephthalate), syndiotactic polystyrene, and polyamide 12 are studied in terms of their mechanical response to uniaxial compression deformation. Apparent decoupling of yielding of amorphous and crystalline phases is identified as separate peaks in the stress–strain curve in the vicinity of the glass transition temperature. The same feature is also observed for the uniaxial extension of predrawn semicrystalline poly(ethylene terephthalate). It is indicated that in absence of a strong amorphous phase a semicrystalline polymer is unable to yield and undergo plastic deformation and it fails in a brittle manner in the uniaxial compression. Treating a semicrystalline polymer as a composite of amorphous and crystalline phases, putting emphasis on the crucial role of amorphous phase in acting as connectors between crystalline domains and indicating that the yielding of amorphous phase is a prerequisite for yielding of crystalline phase, work toward a better understanding of the mechanical properties of semicrystalline polymers at the molecular level is done.

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