Modeling the finite strain deformation and initial anisotropy of amorphous thermoplastic polymers



This work deals with modeling the mechanical behavior of thermoplastic polymers in the finite strain regime over a wide range of temperatures. Thereby, special emphasis is put on the incorporation of an initial anisotropy in terms of “frozen-in” molecular orientation which results from a preceding manufacturing process. A computational example is discussed which considers an injection molded plate undergoing inhomogeneous deformation (buckling) during re-heating. (© 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)