Is it possible to open beverage packages virtually? Physical tests in combination with virtual tests in Abaqus.

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Author(s): Eskil Andreasson, Abdulfeta Jemal, Rahul Reddy Katangoori
Title: Is it possible to open beverage packages virtually? Physical tests in combination with virtual tests in Abaqus.
Conference name: SIMULIA Community Conference (SCC)
Year: 2012
Publisher: Simulia
City: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (Sektionen för ingenjörsvetenskap - avd. för maskinteknik)
School of Engineering S- 371 79 Karlskrona, School of Engineering S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: The opening mechanism in a beverage package, where a mixed mode failure occurs, is a rather complex phenomenon. A better knowledge in respect of fracture mechanics is needed for the proactive prediction of the overall opening performance. Reliable material data used for virtual simulation of the opening mechanism is extracted by characterization and calibration of the packaging materials. Knowledge of how to choose appropriate constitutive models for the continuum material and how the damage initiates and propagates to various loading conditions is of great interest. The virtual tests, replicating the physical tests, are performed with the aid of the finite element method. Non-linear material response, anisotropic material behaviour, large deformation and fracture mechanics are identified effects that are all included in the virtual model. The results presented in this paper show possible selections of material models in conjunction with material damage models, adequately describing thin polymer films behaviour. Comparison between the physical test and the virtual test, exerted to fracture Mode I – Centre Cracked Tension, showed a good correlation for the chosen modeling technique.
Subject: Mechanical Engineering\Structural Mechanics
Mechanical Engineering\Structural Dynamics
Mechanical Engineering\General
Keywords: brittle, CCT, constitutive model, damage initiation, damage evolution, damage propagation, deformation, ductile, fracture mechanics, LEFM, material modeling, Mode I, NLFM, opening performance, plasticity, polymer, polymer film.