Abstract

The multiaxial impact behavior of CYCOLAC GPM5500 (ABS glassy polymer) is obtained as a function of impact velocity and temperature from the standard impact test as specified by ASTM D3763. Finite element analysis (FEA) and ABAQUS/Explicit are used to model the impact behavior of the polymer. The generalized “DSGZ” constitutive model, previously developed by the authors and calibrated using low strain rate uniaxial mechanical test data, is extended to the high strain rate regime and used in the finite element analysis. Load-displacement curves from the finite element analysis are compared with the experimental data and agree well up to the maximum impact load (failure). Therefore, the proposed finite element analysis model can be used to predict the multiaxial impact behaviors of polymers at different temperatures and impact velocities.

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