Likely instabilities in stochastic hyperelastic solids

30 May 2019
Angela Mihai

Likely instabilities in stochastic hyperelastic solids

L. Angela Mihai

School of Mathematics, Cardiff University, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG, UK



Nonlinear elasticity has been an active topic of fundamental and applied research for several decades. However, despite numerous developments and considerable attention it has received, there are important issues that remain unresolved, and many aspects still elude us. In particular, the quantification of uncertainties in material parameters and responses resulting from incomplete information remain largely unexplored. Nowadays, it is becoming increasingly apparent that deterministic approaches, which are based on average data values, can greatly underestimate, or overestimate, mechanical properties of many materials. Thus, stochastic representations, accounting for data dispersion, are needed to improve assessment and predictions. In this talk, I will consider stochastic hyperelastic material models described by a strain-energy density where the parameters are characterised by probability distributions. These models, which are constructed through a Bayesian identification procedure, rely on the maximum entropy principle and enable the propagation of uncertainties from input data to output quantities of interest. Similar modelling approaches can be developed for other mechanical systems. To demonstrate the effect of probabilistic model parameters on large strain elastic responses, specific case studies include the classic problem of the Rivlin cube, the radial oscillatory motion of cylindrical and spherical shells, and the cavitation and finite amplitude oscillations of spheres.

  • Industrial and Applied Mathematics Seminar