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Enhanced non-linear material modelling for analysis and qualification of rollover protective structures

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posted on 2017-02-01, 09:49 authored by Dylan J. Agius, Kyriakos I. Kourousis, Monir Takla, Aleksandar Subic
Finite element simulations of a rollover protective structure are an important aspect in its design, as it provides a means of structural integrity qualification prior to the required destructive testing. A good understanding of the rollover protective structure behaviour under simulated loading offers engineering practitioners the opportunity to optimize the design. The testing conditions, which are outlined in the applicable standards, result in plastic deformation of the rollover protective structure, associated with material hardening of various areas of the structure. An accurate description of the material behaviour is important for finite element simulations of the structural response. This research examines some of the hardening models commonly used in simulations of rollover protective structures, which are available in most finite element commercial software, including linear and multi-linear isotropic and kinematic hardening models and non-linear kinematic hardening models. The numerical performance of the plasticity models in representing the material behaviour was compared with the experimental data for commonly used rollover protective structure material. Analysis revealed the potential benefits and drawbacks of the various models. Moreover, a damage-induced softening model was implemented at the structure joints in conjunction with the non-linear hardening models. Enhanced computational results were obtained through this modelling variation, highlighting the importance of material modelling at the primary structure and the joints of a rollover protective structure.

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Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering;230 (11), pp. 1558-1568

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SAGE

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peer-reviewed

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English

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