Constitutive modeling of a paper fiber in cyclic loading applications
2015 (English)In: Computational materials science, ISSN 0927-0256, E-ISSN 1879-0801, Vol. 110, 227-240 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The tensile response of dense fiber-based materials like paper or paperboard is mainly dependent of the properties of the fibers, which store most of the elastic energy. In this paper, we investigate the influence of geometrical and material parameters on the mechanical response of the pulp fibers used in paper manufacturing. We developed a three-dimensional finite element model of the fiber, which accounts for microfibril orientation of cellulose fibril, and the presence of lignin in the secondary cell wall. The results showed that the change in the microfibril orientation upon axial straining is mainly a geometrical effect, and is independent of the material properties of the fiber, as long as the deformations are elastic. Plastic strain accelerates the change in microfibril orientation and thus makes it material-dependent. The results also showed that the elastic modulus of the fiber has a non-linear dependency on microfibril angle, with elastic modulus being more sensitive to the change of microfibril angle around small initial values of microfibril angles. Based on numerical results acquired from a 3D fiber model supported by available experimental evidence, we propose an anisotropic-kinematic hardening plasticity model for a fiber within a beam framework. The proposed fiber model is capable of reproducing the main features of the cyclic tensile response of a pulp fiber, such as stiffening due to changing microfibril angle. The constitutive model of the fiber was implemented in a finite-element model of the fiber network. By using the fiber network model, we estimated the level of strain that fiber segments accumulate before the typical failure strain of the entire network is reached.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 110, 227-240 p.
Microfibril angle, Cell wall, Twist, Cyclic loading
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-175896DOI: 10.1016/j.commatsci.2015.08.039ISI: 000362010800029ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84940925038OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-175896DiVA: diva2:870479
QC 201511132015-11-132015-10-262016-06-13Bibliographically approved