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Keywords:

  • composite inclusion;
  • computer modeling;
  • double yield;
  • Eyring flow rule;
  • microdeformation;
  • micromechanical modeling;
  • microstructure;
  • polyethylene (PE);
  • power law relation;
  • slip kinetics;
  • structure-property relations;
  • texture evolution;
  • yielding

Abstract

The mechanical behavior of semicrystalline polymers is strongly dependent on their crystallinity level, the initial underlying microstructure, and the evolution of this structure during deformation. A previously developed micromechanical constitutive model is used to capture the elasto-viscoplastic deformation and texture evolution in semicrystalline polymers. The model represents the material as an aggregate of two-phase layered composite inclusions, consisting of crystalline lamellae and amorphous layers. This work focuses on adding quantitative abilities to the multiscale constitutive model, in particular for the stress-dependence of the rate of plastic deformation, referred to as the slip kinetics. To do that, the previously used viscoplastic power law relation is replaced with an Eyring flow rule. The slip kinetics are then re-evaluated and characterized using a hybrid numerical/experimental procedure, and the results are validated for uniaxial compression data of HDPE, at various strain rates. A double yield phenomenon is observed in the model prediction. Texture analysis shows that the double yield point in the model is due to morphological changes during deformation, that induce a change of deformation mechanism. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys 49: 1297–1310, 2011