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Theory and finite element implementation of orthotropic and transversely isotropic incompressible hyperelastic membrane

Jarraya Abdessalem (Research Unit of Mechanical, Modelisation and Manufacturing Unit, National School of Engineers of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia)
Imen Kammoun Kallel (Research Unit of Mechanical, Modelisation and Manufacturing Unit, National School of Engineers of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia)
Dammak Fakhreddine (Research Unit of Mechanical, Modelisation and Manufacturing Unit, National School of Engineers of Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia)

Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures

ISSN: 1573-6105

Article publication date: 15 November 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe a general theoretical and finite element implementation framework for the constitutive modelling of biological soft tissues.

Design/methodology/approach

The model is based on continuum fibers reinforced composites in finite strains. As an extension of the isotropic hyperelasticity, it is assumed that the strain energy function is decomposed into a fully isotropic component and an anisotropic component. Closed form expressions of the stress tensor and elasticity tensor are first established in the general case of fully incompressible plane stress which orthotropic and transversely isotropic hyperelasticity. The incompressibility is satisfied exactly.

Findings

Numerical examples are presented to illustrate the model's performance.

Originality/value

The paper presents a constitutive model for incompressible plane stress transversely isotropic and orthotropic hyperelastic materials.

Keywords

Citation

Abdessalem, J., Kammoun Kallel, I. and Fakhreddine, D. (2011), "Theory and finite element implementation of orthotropic and transversely isotropic incompressible hyperelastic membrane", Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures, Vol. 7 No. 4, pp. 424-439. https://doi.org/10.1108/15736101111185298

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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