We discuss analytical and numerical tools for the statistical characterization of the anisotropic strain energy density of soft hyperelastic materials embedded with fibers. We consider spatially distributed orientations of fibers following a tridimensional or a planar architecture. We restrict our analysis to material models dependent on the fourth pseudo-invariant I-4 of the Cauchy-Green tensor, and to exponential forms of the fiber strain energy function Psi(aniso). Under different loading conditions, we derive the closed-form expression of the probability density function for I-4 and Psi(aniso). In view of bypassing the cumbersome extension-contraction switch, commonly adopted for shutting down the contribution of contracted fibers in models based on generalized structure tensors, for significant loading conditions we identify analytically the support of the fibers in pure extension. For uniaxial loadings, the availability of the probability distribution function and the knowledge of the support of the fibers in extension yield to the analytical expression of average and variance of I-4 and Psi(aniso), and to the direct definition of the average second Piola-Kirchhoff stress tensor. For generalized loadings, the dependence of I-4 on the spatial orientation of the fibers can be analyzed through angle plane diagrams. Angle plane diagrams facilitate the assessment of the influence of the pure extension condition on the definition of the stable support of fibers for the statistics related to the anisotropic strain energy density. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Statistical characterization of the anisotropic strain energy in soft materials with distributed fibers

Alessio Gizzi;
2016-01-01

Abstract

We discuss analytical and numerical tools for the statistical characterization of the anisotropic strain energy density of soft hyperelastic materials embedded with fibers. We consider spatially distributed orientations of fibers following a tridimensional or a planar architecture. We restrict our analysis to material models dependent on the fourth pseudo-invariant I-4 of the Cauchy-Green tensor, and to exponential forms of the fiber strain energy function Psi(aniso). Under different loading conditions, we derive the closed-form expression of the probability density function for I-4 and Psi(aniso). In view of bypassing the cumbersome extension-contraction switch, commonly adopted for shutting down the contribution of contracted fibers in models based on generalized structure tensors, for significant loading conditions we identify analytically the support of the fibers in pure extension. For uniaxial loadings, the availability of the probability distribution function and the knowledge of the support of the fibers in extension yield to the analytical expression of average and variance of I-4 and Psi(aniso), and to the direct definition of the average second Piola-Kirchhoff stress tensor. For generalized loadings, the dependence of I-4 on the spatial orientation of the fibers can be analyzed through angle plane diagrams. Angle plane diagrams facilitate the assessment of the influence of the pure extension condition on the definition of the stable support of fibers for the statistics related to the anisotropic strain energy density. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Statistical fiber distribution; Fourth pseudo-invariant; Isochoric anisotropic hyperelasticity; Fiber reinforced materials
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