Inflation and Failure of Polymeric Membranes

Ole Hassager, Jesper Neergaard

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We consider the inflation of an axisymmetric polymeric membrane.Some membranes composed of viscoelastic materialsdescribed by a Mooney-Rivlin model show a monotone increasingpressure during inflation. These materialsdevelop a homogeneous membrane thickness in agreement with the Considere-Pearson condition.Molecularly based models such as the neo-Hookean, Doi-Edwardsor Pom-Pom models, as well as the network model recently proposed byMarrucci, exhibit a pressure maximum when inflated. Membranesdescribed by these models develop local thinningwhich may lead to bursting in finite time.Chain branching is found to stabilize the inflated polymer membrane.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XIIIth International Congress on Rheology
Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
PublisherBritish Society of Rheology
Publication date2000
Publication statusPublished - 2000
EventXIII International Congress on Rheology - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Aug 200025 Aug 2000
Conference number: 13


ConferenceXIII International Congress on Rheology
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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