Finite element modelling of polymer deformation processes

A.J. Day, John Allport, W.P. Fischer, P. Coates, A. Mimaroglu

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Three examples of the use of ABAQUS for the finite element analysis of polymeric or elastomeric components and products, drawn from a programme of research at the University of Bradford into polymer material modelling and characterisation for Computer Aided Engineering are presented, The analysis of a die drawing process applied to polyethylene pipe is described; this includes a moving mesh, pipe wall/die surface friction, and non-linear material properties. The modelling of filled elastomer material for use in driveline couplings and vibration control using Hyper elastic material models is then described; the Mooney-Rivlin model and the Ogden models have neem used with limited success, but statistical mechanics models have produced the best correlation with experimental test data. The high strain behaviour of Polypropylene in free-boundary drawing of sheet specimens is finally briefly described using a stepwise sequential analysis procedure to include non-linear material properties derived using novel image analysis procedures. It is concluded that ABAQUS provides an excellent research tool for analysing polymer deformation processes.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationAQUABUS User's Conference 1993
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1993
Externally publishedYes

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