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Applied mathematics, Materials engineering
Polyurethane foam has been in use for some time in wheelchair seating systems as it offers good pressure relieving capabilities in most cases. However, little characterisation work has gone into seating foam materials by comparison with conventional elastomeric materials. Accurate material models could allow better prediction of foam in-service behaviour, which could potentially improve seating design practises. The objective of this work was to develop an approach for the validation of hyperelastic and viscoelastic material model parameters used to simulate polyurethane foam behaviour. Material parameters were identified from relevant test procedures and implemented in a Finite Element simulation of an ISO foam indentation procedure. Physical test results were compared to results predicted using the identified material parameters. Simulations suggest a good overall agreement between test and model results.
Briody, C., Duignan, B., Jerrams, S. & Tiernan, J. (2012) The Implementation of a Visco-hyperelastic Numerical Material Model for Simulating the Behaviour of Polymer Foam Materials. Journal of Computational Material Science. 2012. doi:10.1016/j.commatsci.2012.04.012