Numerical simulation of large deformations of amorphous polymer with finite element method: Application to normal impact test
1 University of Strasbourg/CNRS, ICUBE Laboratory, 2 rue Boussingault, 67000 Strasbourg, France
2 Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Qatar Foundation, PO Box 5825, Doha, Qatar
a Corresponding author: email@example.com
Published online: 7 September 2015
During the last decades, the part of polymeric materials considerably increased in automotive and packaging applications. However, their mechanical behaviour is difficult to predict due to a strong sensitivity to the strain rate and the temperature. Numerous theories and models were developed in order to understand and model their complex mechanical behaviour. The one proposed by Richeton et al. [Int. J. Solids Struct. 44, 7938 (2007)] seems particularly suitable since several material parameters possess a strain rate and temperature sensitivity. The aim of this study is to implement the proposed constitutive model in a commercial finite element software by writing a user material subroutine. The implementation of the model was verified on a compressive test. Next a normal impact test was simulated in order to validate the predictive capabilities of the model. A good agreement is found between the FE predictions and the experimental results taken from the literature.
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