On the tension–compression switch in soft fibrous solids

Holzapfel, G. A. and Ogden, R. W. (2015) On the tension–compression switch in soft fibrous solids. European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids, 49, pp. 561-569. (doi: 10.1016/j.euromechsol.2014.09.005)

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Many soft fibrous solids consist of an isotropic matrix with strong embedded fibers. In continuum models of such materials it is often considered that the fibers do not support compression and that their contribution to the overall mechanical response should be neglected when they are under compression. A tension–compression ‘switch’ is used to turn off the contribution of the fibers in the model, but it is apparent that an inappropriate switch is often adopted and the predictions of the mechanical response can then be significantly different for different switching criteria. On the basis of a simple illustration this paper draws attention to the consequences of using an inappropriate switch, and identifies possible solutions. One of the possible solutions for rectifying the problem is provided in some detail by introducing a modified fiber distribution model and applying it to both plane strain and three-dimensional transversely isotropic fiber distributions.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ogden, Professor Raymond and Holzapfel, Professor Gerhard
Authors: Holzapfel, G. A., and Ogden, R. W.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Mathematics and Statistics > Mathematics
Journal Name:European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids
ISSN (Online):1873-7285

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