Flexible polyethylene foam, which is used in many engineering applications, exhibits nonlinear and viscoelastic behavior. To date, several models have been proposed to characterize the complex behavior of foams from the computationally intensive microstructural models to continuum models that capture the macroscale behavior of the foam materials. A nonlinear viscoelastic model, which is an extension of previously developed models, is proposed and its ability to capture foam response in uniaxial compression is investigated. It is assumed in the model that total stress is decomposed into the sum of a nonlinear elastic component, which is modeled by a higher order polynomial, and a nonlinear hereditary type viscoelastic component. System identification procedures are developed to estimate the model parameters using uniaxial compression data from experiments conducted at different rates. The performance of this model is compared to that of other nonlinear viscoelastic models.

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