Microscopic and macroscopic instabilities in finitely strained porous elastomers

J. C. Michel, O. Lopez-Pamies, P. Ponte Castañeda, N. Triantafyllidis

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The present work is an in-depth study of the connections between microstructural instabilities and their macroscopic manifestations-as captured through the effective properties-in finitely strained porous elastomers. The powerful second-order homogenization (SOH) technique initially developed for random media, is used for the first time here to study the onset of failure in periodic porous elastomers and the results are compared to more accurate finite element method (FEM) calculations. The influence of different microgeometries (random and periodic), initial porosity, matrix constitutive law and macroscopic load orientation on the microscopic buckling (for periodic microgeometries) and macroscopic loss of ellipticity (for all microgeometries) is investigated in detail. In addition to the above-described stability-based onset-of-failure mechanisms, constraints on the principal solution are also addressed, thus giving a complete picture of the different possible failure mechanisms present in finitely strained porous elastomers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)900-938
Number of pages39
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Elastic material
  • Finite elements
  • Finite strain
  • Porous material
  • Stability and bifurcation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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