Mechanical properties identification of viscoelastic/hyperelastic materials based on experimental data

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2010




Mechanical simulation of viscoelastic materials and assigning a viscoelastic material to the modeled parts in the simulations are difficult task. For the simulations, material model should be well chosen and material coefficients of the chosen models should be known. In order to obtain accurate simulations, hyperelastic characteristics of the viscoelastic materials should be investigated and hyperelastic model should be incorporated in the solutions. Material models and material model’s coefficients are chosen with the help of mechanical tests/experiments for these situations. The main goal of this thesis is to optimize material model’s coefficients by using an indenter test setup results and inverse finite element modeling. To achieve this, firstly by using a haptic device and other required equipments an indenter setup was prepared to test the materials mechanically. Inverse finite element modeling method is used in order to model the materials according to their viscoelastic and hyperelastic characteristics. The model obtained from analysis was optimized by using the results obtained from indenter setup according to experimental test data. By doing this, the correctness of the model chosen by inverse finite element modeling was proved for the tested material and material model coefficients were calculated correctly.