Hyperelastic Analysis of High Density Polyethylene under Monotonic Compressive Load


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In the past few decades, design development of high performance machines and devices encouraged industries to utilize advanced materials such as polymers. Special mechanical features of polymer materials such as high strength to weight ratio and etc have increased scientists demands to investigate the nonlinear behaviour of polymers. One of the challenges in mechanic of polymers is to introducing a model that is competent to predict hyperelastic deformations based on long-strain behaviour of polymers. In this study, a comprehensive research is performed on introduced mechanical models for polymer materials. The major attempt was on introducing an appropriate model among the existing models, capable enough to predict mechanical behaviour of high density polyethylene under monotonic compressive load. The procedures of simulation and experimental tests are performed to examine the load capability of the model for high density polyethylene. Several compression tests are performed on High Density Polyethylene cubic specimens to extract the full stress-strain response of the high density polyethylene. Moreover, strain gauge is used in experimental tensile test to determine Poisson’s ratio. Simulation procedure is performed using ABAQUS 6.9EF for a comprehensive analysis and discussion on hyperelastic deformation. The simulation procedure is confirmed and verified perfectly by experimental data. The comparison between experimental result of compression test under monotonic load and finite element simulation of this test is remarkable to know about behaviour of HDPE to use in other structural and mechanical application.



Edited by:

Mohamed Othman




M. Khalajmasoumi et al., "Hyperelastic Analysis of High Density Polyethylene under Monotonic Compressive Load", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 229-231, pp. 309-313, 2012

Online since:

November 2012




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