Behaviour of time-dependent materials exposed to periodical loading
Center for Experimental Mechanics, Faculty of Mechanical
Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Askerceva 6, 1000
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Paper presents methodology for analyzing behaviour of time-dependent (viscoelastic) materials when exposed to periodical (cyclic) loading. Within each loading cycle time-dependent material undergoes a combination of the creep and retardation process. At certain conditions the retardation process between two loading cycles cannot be fully completed to a strain free state. Consequently, strain starts to accumulate, which leads to hardening of the material and ultimately to the failure of polymeric product. Critical frequency of the applied periodical loading depends on the material retardation time (location of mechanical spectrum), while the magnitude of accumulated strain on the strength of corresponding discrete spectrum lines. The shape of mechanical spectrum defines the intensity and the magnitude of accumulated strain. Thus, the mechanical spectrum of time-dependent material is the most important function for predicting durability of dynamically loaded polymeric products. In continuation we present mathematical methodology for predicting durability of periodically loaded polymeric components of drive belt. Methodology includes numerical calculations of accumulated strain as a function of the number of loading cycles and function of loading angular velocity. Based on these calculations we can determine the critical angular velocity area of periodical loading where the strain accumulation is the most intensive.
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