A model for the viscoelastic behavior of polymers at finite strains

A. D. Drozdov

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A constitutive model is derived for the isothermal nonlinear viscoelastic response in polymers, which do not possess the separability property. The model is based on the concept of transient networks, and treats a polymer as a system of nonlinear elastic springs (adaptive links), which break and emerge due to micro-Brownian motion of chains. The breakage and reformation rates for adaptive links are assumed to depend on some strain energy density. The viscoelastic behavior is described by an integral constitutive equation, where the relaxation functions satisfy partial differential equations with coefficients depending on the strain history. Adjustable parameters of the model are found by fitting experimental data for a number of polymers in tension at strains up to 400 per cent. To validate the constitutive relations, we consider loading with different strain rates, determine adjustable parameters at one rate of strains, and compare prediction of the model with observations at another rate of strains. Fair agreement between experimental data and results of numerical simulation is demonstrated when the rates of strains differ by more than a decade.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-322
Number of pages15
JournalArchive of Applied Mechanics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998


  • Constitutive equations
  • Finite strains
  • Semicrystalline polymers
  • Separability principle
  • Viscoelasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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