ALE formulation for thermomechanical inelastic material models applied to tire forming and curing simulations. (English) Zbl 1468.74075

Summary: Forming of tires during production is a challenging process for Lagrangian solid mechanics due to large changes in the geometry and material properties of the rubber layers. This paper extends the Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) formulation to thermomechanical inelastic material models with special consideration of rubber. The ALE approach based on tracking the material and spatial meshes is used, and an operator-split is employed which splits up the solution within a time step into a mesh smoothing step, a history remapping step and a Lagrangian step. Mesh distortion is reduced in the smoothing step by solving a boundary value problem. History variables are subsequently remapped to the new mesh with a particle tracking scheme. Within the Lagrangian steps, a fully coupled thermomechanical problem is solved. An advanced two-phase rubber model is incorporated into the ALE approach, which can describe green rubber, cured rubber and the transition process. Several numerical examples demonstrate the superior behavior of the developed formulation in comparison to purely Lagrangian finite elements.


74S05 Finite element methods applied to problems in solid mechanics
74F05 Thermal effects in solid mechanics
74C99 Plastic materials, materials of stress-rate and internal-variable type
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