A contribution to the study of induced anisotropy by Mullins effect in silicone rubber

Abstract : The present work studies the experimental characterization and modeling of the anisotropy induced by Mullins effect, i.e., the loss of stiffness in the first loading cycles, often observed in rubber-like materials. After a description of the mechanical characteristics of the particular silicone material used in our study, experimental tests are developed to create original and complex loading histories. First, successions of conventional uniaxial tensile tests are performed with changing directions of loading. Second, the state of heterogeneous stress and strain obtained in circular membrane swelling tests was completely characterized by means of kinematic field measurements made by the 3D image correlation method, and the loadings are then biaxial tension followed by uniaxial traction. The key parameters for modeling the Mullins effect were able to be identified, including its isotropic and anisotropic parts. A model was thus developed based on the double-network theory taking into account the experimentally motivated criteria. A suitable version with simple implementation in a finite element computer code was finally developed to allow the calculation of a structural part.
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Other. Université de Grenoble, 2011. English. <NNT : 2011GRENI029>


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Guilherme Machado. A contribution to the study of induced anisotropy by Mullins effect in silicone rubber. Other. Université de Grenoble, 2011. English. <NNT : 2011GRENI029>. <tel-00618596>

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