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On non-physical response in models for fiber-reinforced hyperelastic materials. (English) Zbl 1194.74042
Summary: Soft biological tissues are sometimes composed of thin and stiff collagen fibers in a soft matrix leading to a strong anisotropy. Commonly, constitutive models for quasi-incompressible materials, as for soft biological tissues, make use of an additive split of the Helmholz free-energy into a volumetric and a deviatoric part that is applied to the matrix and fiber contribution. This split offers conceptual and numerical advantages. The purpose of this paper is to investigate a non-physical effect that arises thereof. In fact, simulations involving uniaxial stress configurations reveal volume growth at rather small stretches. Numerical methods such as the Augmented Lagrangian method might be used to suppress this behavior. An alternative approach, proposed here, solves this problem on the constitutive level.

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74E30 Composite and mixture properties
74B20 Nonlinear elasticity
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