Accession Number:

ADA165728

Title:

A Micromechanics Model for Nonlinear Viscoelastic Behavior of Particle-Reinforced Rubber with Distributed Damage.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION MECHANICS AND MATERIALS RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1986-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

51.0

Abstract:

A mathematical model based on micromechanics for predicting effective viscoelastic stress-strain equations and microcrack growth in particle-reinforced rubber or other relatively soft viscoelastic matrix is described. Geometric idealization of the microstructure follows that of the composite spheres assemblage and generalized self-consistent scheme originally used for linear elastic composites without damage. The approach combines a perturbation analysis of the matrix, which becomes more accurate as the particle volume fraction is increased, with the Rayleigh-Ritz energy method for predicting mechanical response of the composite. Results for linear elastic and nonlinear viscoelastic behavior are discussed. It is shown that the elasticity thoery may be easily extended to predict mechanical response of a viscoelastic composite, and that an approximate equation governing microcrack growth is analogous to one for an aging elastic material. Finally, a limited assessment of the theory is made through comparison with some existing effective modulus results and experimental data on a particle-filled rubber. Keywords Solid propellants Particulate composites. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Elastomers and Rubber
  • Mechanics
  • Solid Rocket Propellants

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE