Cyclic viscoplasticity of thermoplastic elastomers

Alexei Drozdov, J. De C. Christiansen

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Observations are reported on a thermoplastic elastomer (ethylene-octene copolymer) in uniaxial cyclic tensile tests with a strain-controlled program and maximum elongation ratios up to λmax = 2.0. A constitutive model is derived for the viscoplastic behavior of a polymer network with constrained chains at three-dimensional deformations with finite strains. The stress-strain relations involve five adjustable parameters that are found by fitting the experimental data. Good agreement is demonstrated between the observations and the results of numerical simulation. It is shown that the model correctly predicts the mechanical response, and its parameters are affected by amplitude of cyclic deformation in a physically plausible way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-65
Number of pages19
JournalActa Mechanica
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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