Microstructure evolution in hyperelastic laminates and implications for overall behavior and macroscopic stability

O. Lopez-Pamies, P. Ponte Castañeda

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Abstract

In this paper we study the evolution of the underlying microstructure in hyperelastic laminates subjected to finite deformations. To this end, we identify a set of relevant microstructural variables and derive rigorous formulae for their evolution along finite-deformation paths. Making use of these results we then establish connections between the evolution of the microstructure and the overall stress-strain relation and macroscopic stability in hyperelastic laminates. In particular, we show that the rotation of the layers may lead to a reduction in the overall stiffness of the laminates under appropriate loading conditions. Furthermore, we show that this geometric mechanism is intimately related to the possible loss of strong ellipticity of the overall behavior of these materials, which may occur even in the case when the underlying constituents are taken to be strongly elliptic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)364-374
Number of pages11
JournalMechanics of Materials
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Mechanics of Materials

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