Finite element formulation for modelling nonlinear viscoelastic elastomers


Nonlinear viscoelastic response of reinforced elastomers is modeled using a three-dimensional mixed finite element method with a nonlocal pressure field. A general second-order unconditionally stable exponential integrator based on a diagonal Padé approximation is developed and the Bergström–Boyce nonlinear viscoelastic law is employed as a prototype model. An implicit finite element scheme with consistent linearization is used and the novel integrator is successfully implemented. Finally, several viscoelastic examples, including a study of the unit cell for a solid propellant, are solved to demonstrate the computational algorithm and relevant underlying physics

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