Inverse finite element characterization of nonlinear hyperelastic membranes

S. K. Kyriacou, A. D. Shah, J. D. Humphrey

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It is advantageous in mechanics to identify experiments that correspond to tractable boundary value problems—this facilitates data reduction and interpretation. Increasingly more situations are arising, however, wherein experimentalists cannot dictate the geometry or applied loads" during testing. Inverse finite element methods are, therefore, becoming essential tools for calculating material parameters. In this paper, we present numerical and experimental results that show that one such inverse finite element method is very useful in characterizing the mechanical behavior of neo- Hookean (rubber) membranes subjected to axisymmetric and nonaxisymmetric finite inflations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-262
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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