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Hyperelastic Material Model Selection of Structural Silicone Sealants for Use in Finite Element Modeling

[+] Author Affiliations
Larry D. Carbary, Jon H. Kimberlain, John C. Oliva

Dow Performance Silicones, Midland, MI

Paper No. DETC2017-67589, pp. V001T02A001; 8 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1: 37th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 6–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5811-0
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Hyperelastic material model parameters have been developed to capture the behavior of silicone based construction sealants. Modern commercially available finite element analysis software makes it quite accessible to develop hyperelastic material models, automating the process of curve-fitting experimental lab data to specific hyperelastic formulations. However, the process of selecting a particular hyperelastic model from those supported is not straightforward. Here, a series of lab experiments are employed to guide the selection of the hyperelastic model that best describes various structural silicone glazings. A total of 10 different sealants are characterized with discussion of variations among the models. Comparisons of the best performing hyperelastic models for the different sealants are presented. Finally, an application is described in which these hyperelastic models have begun to be implemented in practice.

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