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A 3-phase model for the numerical analysis of semi-crystalline polymer films in finite elastoplastic strains

Abstract : In this paper, the mechanical behavior of semi-crystalline polymer films in finite elastoplastic strains is investigated. A 3-phase constitutive model has been specially developed in a previous paper and validated for various materials in both uniaxial and biaxial uniform hot drawing. In the present study, the numerical implementation of this 3-phase model in a finite element software is outlined in the perspective of using this model in more general non-uniform cases of complex geometries and/or loadings. In the present case, only polyethylene films at room temperature are considered. First, uniaxial tensile experimental tests are performed so as to calibrate the model parameters. Then, for validation purposes, two series of experimental tests are conducted on tensile specimens with central holes and double edge notched tensile (DENT) specimens. During these tests, digital image correlation is used to analyze the strain (or displacement) field history during loading. Finally, numerical computations are performed with the help of the finite element software including the 3-phase model previously implemented (cohesive elements are also needed for the simulation of the crack propagation in DENT specimens). In both cases, the comparison between the experimental and numerical force–displacement curves, together with the comparisons between the experimental and numerical strain fields at different times, give very satisfactory results.
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Philippe Le Grognec, Salim Chaki, Fanfei Zeng, Melanie Nottez. A 3-phase model for the numerical analysis of semi-crystalline polymer films in finite elastoplastic strains. Meccanica, Springer Verlag, 2017, 52 (10), pp.2329 - 2348. ⟨10.1007/s11012-016-0586-9⟩. ⟨hal-01704529⟩

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