Micromechanical modeling of large plastic deformation and texture evolution in semi-crystalline polymers

B. J. Lee, D. M. Parks, S. Ahzi

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A micromechanically-based composite model is proposed to study large plastic deformation and texture evolution in semi-crystalline polymers. The microstructure of many semi-crystalline polymers consists of co-existing crystalline and amorphous phases locally associated with each other in a fine plate-like morphological structure. An aggregate of two-phase composite inclusions is used to model these materials. Special consideration is given to molecular chain inextensibility within the crystalline phase. The introduction of a back stress tensor in the constitutive model of the amorphous phase accounts for hardening due to deformation-induced molecular alignment. Interface compatibility and traction equilibrium are enforced within each composite inclusion. A Sachs-like model and two newly-developed self-consistent-like hybrid models are proposed to relate volume-average deformation and stress within the two-phase composite inclusion to the remote (macroscopic) fields. Applications of these composite models arc made to predict stress strain behavior and texture evolution in initially isolropic high density polyethylene (HOPE) under different modes of straining.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1651-1687
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1993


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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