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Mesomechanical Modeling of Polymer/Clay Nanocomposites Using a Viscoelastic-Viscoplastic-Viscodamage Constitutive Model

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Ardeshir H. Tehrani

Zachry Department of Civil Engineering,  Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843

Rashid K. Abu Al-Rub1

Zachry Department of Civil Engineering,  Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843rabualrub@civil.tamu.edu


Corresponding author.

J. Eng. Mater. Technol 133(4), 041011 (Oct 20, 2011) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4004696 History: Received March 17, 2011; Revised July 09, 2011; Published October 20, 2011; Online October 20, 2011

In this study, damage evolution in a nanocomposite containing the polymethyl methacrylate polymer (PMMA) embedded with silicate nanoclay particles is simulated by using a nonlinear viscoelastic, viscoplastic, and viscodamage constitutive model. Mesomechanical two-dimensional representative volume elements (RVEs) of fully intercalated and fully exfoliated nanoclay polymer composites have been arbitrarily generated assuming a uniform dispersion of nanoclay particles with random length, aspect ratio, and orientation. Proper size of the RVE has been determined by studying the effect of the RVE size on the stress-strain response and toughness. Several simulations including different intercalated and exfoliated nanoclay weight fractions under different strain rates at room temperature have been conducted. It is concluded that the strength of exfoliated nanoclay composite is higher than intercalated one due to more distributed damage within many narrow localized zones for the case of exfoliated nanoclay polymer composite.

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RVE size convergence study: (a) toughness; (b) maximum stress

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Stress-strain behavior of nanoclay PMMA composite at three different strain rates and for three different weight fractions: (a), (c), and (e) are for fully intercalated composite; (b), (d), and (f) are for fully exfoliated composite

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Comparison of toughness between pure PMMA and nanoclay composites at three strain rates with three different weight fractions: (a) Intercalated; and (b) exfoliated

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The distribution of damage evolution in intercalated nanoclay composite at 1.0/s strain rate, weight fraction is 3%, and (a) 5%, (b) 10%, (c) 15%, and (d) 20% strains

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Damage distribution in nanoclay composites at 1.0/s strain rate for 1 wt. %: (a) intercalated, (b) exfoliated; 3 wt. %: (c) intercalated, (d) exfoliated, and 8 wt. %: (e) intercalated, (f) exfoliated

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RVEs with 3 wt. % of nanoclay particles: (a) fully intercalated and (b) fully exfoliated



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