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Time dependent voiding mechanisms in polyamide 6 submitted to high stress triaxiality : experimental characterisation and finite element modelling

Abstract : Double notched round bars made of semi-crystalline polymer polyamide 6 (PA6) were submitted to monotonic tensile and creep tests. The two notches had a root radius of 0.45 mm, which imposes a multiaxial stress state and a state of high triaxiality in the net (minimal) section of the specimens. Tests were carried out until the failure occurred from one of the notches. The other one, unbroken but deformed under steady strain rate or steady load, was inspected using the Synchrotron Radiation Computed Tomography (SRCT) technique. These 3D through thickness inspections allowed the study of microstructural evolution at the peak stress for the monotonic tensile test and at the beginning of the tertiary creep for the creep tests. Cavitation features were assessed with a micrometre resolution within the notched region. Spatial distributions of void volume fraction (Vf) and void morphology were studied. Voiding mechanisms were similar under steady strain rates and steady loads. The maximum values of Vf were located between the axis of revolution of the specimens and the notch surface and voids were considered as flat cylinders with a circular basis perpendicular to the loading direction. A model, based on porous plasticity, was used to simulate the mechanical response of this PA6 material under high stress triaxiality. Both macroscopic behaviour (loading curves) and voiding micro-mechanisms (radial distributions of void volume fraction) were accurately predicted using finite element simulations.
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Nathan Selles, Andrew King, Henry Proudhon, Nicolas Saintier, Lucien Laiarinandrasana. Time dependent voiding mechanisms in polyamide 6 submitted to high stress triaxiality : experimental characterisation and finite element modelling. Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials, Society for Experimental Mechanics, 2018, 22 (3), pp.351-371. ⟨10.1007/s11043-017-9360-1⟩. ⟨hal-01874758⟩

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