Characterization of the compressive deformation behavior with strain rate effect of low-density polymeric foams


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This study investigates the compressive deformation behavior of a low-density polymeric foam at different strain rates. The material tested has micron-sized pores with a closed cell structure. The porosity is about 94%. During a uni-axial compressive test, the macroscopic stress-strain curve indicates a plateau region during plastic deformation. Finite Element Method (FEM) simulation was carried out, in which the yield criterion considered both components of Mises stress and hydrostatic stress. By using the present FEM and experimental data, we established a computational model for the plastic deformation behavior of porous material. To verify our model, several indentation experiments with different indenters (spherical indentation and wedge indentation) were carried out to generate various tri-axial stress states. From the series of experiments and computations, we observed good agreement between the experimental data and that generated by the computational model. In addition, the strain rate effect is examined for a more reliable prediction of plastic deformation. Therefore, the present computational model can predict the plastic deformation behavior (including time-dependent properties) of porous material subjected to uni-axial compression and indentation loadings. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45139
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer Testing
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

The work of A.Y. is supported by JSPS KAKENHI (Grant No. 26420025) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), and a Research Grant from the Takahashi Industrial and Economic Research Foundation (No. 05-003-058) and The Sumitomo Foundation (Environmental Research Projects, No. 143127). The work of X.C. is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (11302163, 11172231 and 11372241), ARPA-E (DE–AR0000396) and AFOSR (FA9550-12-1-0159).


  • Compressive deformation behavior
  • Finite element method
  • Indentation
  • Porous material
  • Strain rate


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