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Mechanical Property Analysis of Circular Polymer Membrane under Uniform Pressure
Abstract
Mechanical property analysis of circular hyperelastic polymer membrane under uniform pressure has been researched in this work. The polymer membrane material is assumed to be homogeneous and isotropic and incompressibility of materials has been considered. Based on the modified stain energy function from Gao and nonmomental theory of axial symmetry thin shell, finite deformation analysis of polymer membrane under uniform pressure has been proposed in current configuration and governing equations of polymer membrane have been achieved. By utilizing the boundary condition, theoretical results of governing equations have been obtained and vertical displacement distribution and stress distribution have been achieved. The results show that the constitutive parameter has a strengthening effect on the polymer material and the constitutive parameter plays a controlling role for the second strain invariant , which also has a strengthening effect on the polymer material. This research has revealed the deformational mechanism of polymer membrane and provided reference for the design of polymer membrane.
1. Introduction
Large deformation of membrane structures has been the subject of extensive research in recent years due to their applicability in numerous fields. Because they are of much lower weight and cost, they are ideally suited for applications in terrestrial and space structures [1]. Some other common applications include scientific ballooning, shock and vibration absorbers, thermal shields, and bioengineering and medical devices. Polymer membranes exhibit a number of interesting and counterintuitive phenomena on account of material and geometric nonlinearities. The analysis of polymer membranes under large deformation is usually based on the pioneering work of Green and Adkins [2] on nonlinear elasticity. Since then many theoretical and numerical works have been published, most of which deal with the large deformation and stability of polymer membranes under loads.
The general theory for large deformations polymer or rubber has been researched extensively in the past. Researches on the finite deformation of polymer membranes of various geometries are also available. Patil and DasGupta [3] have researched on the inflation and interaction mechanics of a flat circular membrane inside an elastic cone under the action of uniform gas pressure. Tamadapu and DasGupta [4, 5] have studied the finite inflation of a hyperelastic toroidal membrane with an initially circular crosssection under internal pressure. Peridynamic strain energy density functions have been developed for a neoHookean type membrane under equibiaxial, planar, and uniaxial loading conditions and numerical results have concerned the deformation of a membrane with a defect in the form of a hole, a crack, and a rigid inclusion by Bang and Madenci [6]. Meunier et al. [7] have proposed the processing, characterisation, and modelling of anisotropic hyperelastic membranes and the mechanical response is characterised by performing tensile tests combined with kinematic field measurements by Digital Image Correlation. Macleod and Bartlett [8] have proposed an experimental and numerical investigation of instructions for hyperelastic membrane inflation based on the fluid structure coupling to have a research on the effects of changing the designs of the membrane structure to resist high pressure.
Due to the ability of being subjected to large deformations, polymer membrane demonstrates nonlinear features inherently. Therefore, the selection of strain energy density function is a vital problem of theoretical research [9, 10]. Many attempts have been made to develop a theoretical stressstrain relation. Mooney [11] proposed a phenomenological model with two parameters based on the assumption of a linear relation between the stress and strain during simple shear deformation as shown:in which and are material constants and .
In 1948, Rivlin [12] put forward the strain energy function model to the isotropic hyperelastic materials: in which stands for material constant; and are, respectively, the first and second invariants of the left CauchyGreen deformation tensor.
Later, Treloar [13] published a model based on the statistical theory, the socalled neoHookean material model with only one material parameter. Mooney and neoHookean strain energy functions have played an important role in the development of the nonlinear hyperelastic theory and its applications.
In 1972, Ogden [14, 15] proposed a strain energy function expressed in terms of principal stretches, which is probably the best known example for the principal stretchbased constitutive formulations consistent with the Valanis–Landel hypothesis.where and are the material constants and must be determined by a nonlinear fitting on experimental data. When , , the strain energy function defined in (4) becomes the socalled neoHookean train energy function.
During 1996, Gent publishes a short note [16] where he proposed a new constitutive equation for the nonlinear elastic behavior of rubber like materials. Due to its formal simplicity, this model reached a great popularity in various scientific communities interested in large elastic deformations of solids.where is the shear modulus and is the constant limiting value for . Since depends on the only first invariant of , the Gent model belongs to the class of the generalized neoHookean materials.
Gao proposed the following strain energy function [17] in 1997:where and are material parameters.
Based on Gao’s constitutive model, a modified strain energy function [18] for the incompressible rubber like materials has been proposed as follows:
From the new constitutive model, we can see that when and , it transforms to neoHookean model; when , it transforms to MooneyRivlin model.
In this work, mechanical property analysis of circular hyperelastic polymer membrane under uniform pressure has been researched. The polymer membrane material is assumed to be a homogeneous and isotropic and incompressibility of materials has been considered. Based on the modified stain energy function from Gao and nonmomental theory of axial symmetry thin shell, finite deformation analysis of polymer membrane under uniform pressure has been proposed in current configuration and governing equations of polymer membrane have been achieved. By utilizing the boundary condition, theoretical results of governing equations have been obtained and vertical displacement distribution and stress distribution have been achieved. Since the ultimate objective of the analysis is to design polymer membrane structure, experiments and numerical simulations are necessary. So experiments of polymer membrane under uniform pressure should be designed and implemented in the future to verify the correctness of analysis. What is more, we will program the user subroutine of proposed strain energy function and have numerical simulation of polymer membrane under uniform pressure.
2. Kinematics of Deformation
For circular polymer membrane is fixed around the circumference and sustained uniform normal pressure , which is along the normal direction of polymer membrane as the deformation. Before deformation, the radius of circular polymer membrane is and thickness is . After deformation, the circular membrane becomes rotational thin shell, and the thickness is . Figures 1 and 2 give the geometrical relation of polymer membrane after deformation.
In the reference configuration, the geometry of the polymer membrane is described in terms of cylindrical polar coordinates , and in the current coordinate, it is described in terms of cylindrical polar coordinates ; the principal stretch polymer membrane can be expressed asin which is the principal stretch along the tangential direction of longitude, is the principal stretch along the tangential direction of latitude, and is the principal stretch along the normal direction of gyration shell, which is the function of . If the thickness of polymer membrane is before deformation, then the thickness will be changed as
Figure 3 shows the diagram of equilibrium relation. For thin shell, the equilibrium equation can expressed as
Considering the space axial asymmetry of polymer membrane after deformation, the equilibrium equation can be simplified as
Based on GaussKodak’s relationship, the following expression can be achieved:
Substituting (12) into (11), we can get
Define and , meet , and substitute and for and ; we can get
The first expression of (11) can be changed as
3. Constitutive Relation and Governing Equation
For isotropic materials, strain energy function can be represented in terms of invariants or principal stretcheswhere , , and are the three strain invariants, which can be expressed as
Considering the conventional assumption of incompressibility for polymer membrane , we can get
And the Cauchy stress from (7) can be expressed as
The left CauchyGreen strain tensors and have the following form:
Substitute (20) into (19); it can be achieved as
For thin polymer membrane, the radial and circumferential Cauchy stress is much larger than axial Cauchy stress; from (21) we can achieve
By utilizing , the following expression can be achieved from (21):in which and .
In common, large deformation analysis has been proposed in the reference coordinate system. Because the fundamental physical quantities are the functions of for spatial axisymmetric problem, from the geometrical relations, the following expression can be achieved:
The governing equations of polymer membrane can be obtained in reference configuration. However, the fundamental physical quantities can also be expressed based on the function of for a whole circular polymer membrane. That is, it is convenient for polymer membrane to be analyzed in the current coordinate system.
In current coordinate system, for a whole circle polymer membrane, substituting (14) into (15), we can get
From the geometric relation of Figure 2, the following equations can be got:
Based on the principal stretch polymer membrane of (8), we can get
Governing equations from Euler coordinate system can be achieved as
In order to decrease the effect of dimension, we make . Based on the first expression of (28) and (23), we can get
Define and ; the following expression can be got:
From (30) and (18), we can getwhere
Substituting (31) into (30), the following expression can be achieved:
Define and ; the first expression of (29) can be expressed as
The differential equations of polymer membrane under vertical pressure can be got asin which , . Based on the modified strain energy function (7), we can get .
4. Theoretical Results and Discussions
For circular polymer membrane, it is fixed around the circumference and sustained uniform spatial axisymmetric pressure, from which we can get , when . By utilizing this relation, the following expression can be achieved:
At the fixed boundary of polymer membrane, we can get when . In order to analyze conveniently, nodimension analysis has been proposed. and are adopted to express the radical position of polymer membrane before deformation and after deformation.
In order to make the nodimension analysis of , , , and , the expressions of , , , and have been adopted in the analysis. For given material parameters and external load of , , and , initial value has been determined based on the method of shooting method, at the central point of . Then by utilizing the RungeKutta method, the relation curves of , , and have been achieved.
Tables 1–3 show the initial value of governing equations with the variation of , , and .



By utilizing the initial values, the governing equation (27) has been solved to find out the precise value to meet at the fixed boundary . Thus, the numerical results meet all boundary conditions. Figures 4–6 show the vertical displacement curve, the radical stress distribution curve, and the circumferential stress distribution curve correspondingly with different vertical pressure, with fixed material parameters and . From Figure 4, we can see that vertical deformation increases gradually in the direction of the radius of polymer membrane with the increase of vertical pressure. But from Figures 5 and 6, it can be seen that the radical stress and the circumferential stress decrease gradually in the direction of the radius of polymer membrane and increase gradually as the vertical pressure increases with the increase of vertical pressure, which is according to the practical deformation. At the point , the radical stress and circumferential stress reach the maximal value.
When constitutive parameter and external load , analysis of polymer membrane has been proposed based on different constitutive parameter . Figures 7, 9, and 11 show the vertical displacement curve, the radical stress distribution curve, and the circumferential stress distribution curve correspondingly with different constitutive parameter with fixed and . As can be noted in Figure 7, vertical deformation increases gradually in the direction of the radius of polymer membrane with the increase of vertical pressure; however, it decreases as the constitutive parameter increase. This means the deformation of polymer membrane is apparently affected by the constitutive parameter . Figures 9 and 11 display the variation of radical stress and circumferential stress along the direction of the radius of polymer membrane, from which we can see that the radical and circumferential stress decrease gradually in the direction of the radius of polymer membrane and the constitutive parameter has a significant effect on the radical stress and circumferential stress. At the point , the radical stress is equal to the circumferential stress and the value reaches the maximal value. The radical and circumferential stress reach the minimal value at the fixed boundary and their value is not equal to zero. This indicates that the stiffness of polymer membrane can be enhanced gradually as the increase of constitutive , which improves the deformational ability of polymer membrane and has a major impact on the mechanical property of polymer membrane.
In the meanwhile, when constitutive parameter and external load , analysis of polymer membrane has been proposed based on different constitutive parameter . Figures 8, 10, and 12 show the vertical displacement curve, the radical stress distribution curve, and the circumferential stress distribution curve correspondingly with different constitutive parameter with fixed and .
As shown in Figure 8, vertical deformation increases gradually in the direction of the radius of polymer membrane with the increase of vertical pressure; however, it decreases as the constitutive parameter increases. Figures 10 and 12 display the variation of radical stress and circumferential stress along the direction of the radius of polymer membrane, from which we can see that the radical and circumferential stress decrease gradually in the direction of the radius of polymer membrane and the constitutive parameter also has a significant effect on the radical stress and circumferential stress. This indicates that the stiffness of polymer membrane can be enhanced gradually as the increase of constitutive , which improves the deformational ability of polymer membrane and also has a major impact on the mechanical property of polymer membrane.
5. Conclusion
A modified strain energy function from Gao has been utilized to have a research on the large deformation problem of circular polymer membrane under uniform pressure. Based on the stain energy function from Gao and nonmomental theory of axial symmetry thin revolving shell, the theoretical results of governing equations have been obtained and vertical displacement distribution and stress distribution have been achieved. The results show that the vertical deformation increases gradually in the direction of the radius of polymer membrane with the increase of vertical pressure; however, it decreases as the constitutive parameters and increase. The radical and circumferential stress decrease gradually in the direction of the radius of polymer membrane. The constitutive parameters and both have a significant effect on the radical stress and circumferential stress. It means that the constitutive parameter has a strengthening effect on the polymer material and the constitutive parameter plays a controlling role for the second strain invariant , which also has a strengthening effect on the polymer material.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.
Acknowledgments
This paper is supported by Project of Tianjin Excellent Science and Technology Correspondent (Grant no. 16JCTPJC53100), Scientific Research Key Project of Hebei Province Education Department (Grand no. ZD2016083), and Natural Science Foundation of Hebei Province (Grant nos. A2015202242 and A2016202195).
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