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Experimental Investigation of High Density Polyethylene Yield Surface Under Biaxial Loading

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Kamel Hachour, Meziane Aberkane, Rabah Ferhoum

Université Mouloud Mammeri de Tizi-Ouzou, Tizi Ouzou, Algeria

Paper No. ESDA2012-82674, pp. 491-495; 5 pages
  • ASME 2012 11th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • Volume 1: Advanced Computational Mechanics; Advanced Simulation-Based Engineering Sciences; Virtual and Augmented Reality; Applied Solid Mechanics and Material Processing; Dynamical Systems and Control
  • Nantes, France, July 2–4, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: International
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4484-7
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


A series of biaxial experiments are performed to investigate the yield envelope of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). An Arcan apparatus is achieved in order to load a newly-designed flat specimen “butterfly specimen” to various combinations of tensile/compressive and shear loading. It subjected a central section of the specimen to a uniform state of plane stress. The stresses have local maxima at the central section, thus ensuring that yielding occurs there. The yield stresses are determined from the load-displacement curves and plotted in two-dimensional principal stress. The experimental results are compared with a predicted yield envelope based upon a pressure modified von Mises criterion, which accounts for the difference in tensile and compressive yield stress; additionally the hydrostatic pressure on yielding is also considered. Good agreement is found.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Density



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