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Deformation and Damage Mechanisms in Thin Ductile Polymer Films
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
2013 (English)Conference paper (Refereed) PublishedAlternative title
Deformation and Damage Mechanisms in Thin Ductile Polymer Films (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The mechanical material behavior of highly extensible or ductile polymer films used in the packaging industry has been studied in this work. The polymer material, consisting of different variants of polyethylene grades, is used as several components in the packaging material structure at Tetra Pak®. Experimental tensile tests were used to quantify the mechanical behavior and to be able to calibrate numerical constitutive material models. The studied polymer materials were able to withstand large deformations before breaking, involving both necking in the width and thickness direction of the specimen. During deformation re-orientation of polymer chains and substantial strain-hardening were also occurring. The latter effect was accounted for in the presented material modeling approach. The numerical simulations were solved in the general finite element software Abaqus version 6.13. In this work a continuum damage modeling (CDM) approach was used. CDM which are attractive in macro scale applications, thus solving our engineering problems, was chosen in this study due to the computational efficiency. A damage model consisting of two functionalities; initiation of damage and evolution of damage was suitable for modeling the ductile fracture behavior. During the numerical analysis it has been assumed that the polymer materials are isotropic, homogenous through the thickness, independent of strain rate and independent of temperature to ease the material parameters identification.

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Lund: NAFEMS , 2013.
Keyword [en]
Abaqus, damage, deformation mechanisms, LDPE, polymers
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Applied Mechanics
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6610Local ID: diva2:834128
NAFEMS NORDIC Seminar: Improving Simulation Prediction by Using Advanced Material Models
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