A viscoelastic-viscoplastic model to describe creep and strain rate effects on the mechanical behaviour of adhesively-bonded assemblies

Type Article
Date 2018-04
Language English
Author(s) Ilioni Alin1, 2, Badulescu C.1, Carrere N.3, Davies PeterORCID2, Thevenet D.1
Affiliation(s) 1 : ENSTA Bretagne, FRE CNRS 3744, IRDL, F-F29200 Brest, France.
2 : IFREMER, Marine Struct Lab, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
3 : SAFRAN Tech Composites, 33 Ave Gare, F-91760 Itteville, France.
Source International Journal Of Adhesion And Adhesives (0143-7496) (Elsevier Sci Ltd), 2018-04 , Vol. 82 , P. 184-195
DOI 10.1016/j.ijadhadh.2017.12.003
WOS© Times Cited 11
Keyword(s) Epoxides, Mechanical properties of adhesives, Creep / mechanical relaxation

Most of the adhesives used in the marine industry are polymers with a mechanical behaviour which is strongly influenced by the strain rate. Therefore, it is important to predict with accuracy their viscous behaviour. To describe their mechanical behaviour in a bonded joint, a viscoelastic-viscoplastic constitutive law is proposed here. The viscous effects on the elastic behaviour is described using a spectral distribution, which divides the viscous strain as the sum of the strains of several viscous mechanisms, each of them with a different characteristic time and weight. The viscoplastic component of the model permits a better description of the strong non-linear behaviour of the adhesives. The parameters of the constitutive law are obtained using an inverse identification procedure coupled with a finite element model. Two creep tests, in two loading directions, are needed in order to identify the viscoelastic part. The viscoplastic part is identified using monotonic tests. In order to validate the behaviour law and the identification procedure, the adhesive HuntsmanTMAraldite 420 A/B has been investigated and modelled. All the experimental tests have been conducted using the modified Arcan device.

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