Modeling the non-linear viscoelastic response of high temperature polyimides Academic Article uri icon


  • A constitutive model is developed to predict the viscoelastic response of polyimide resins that are used in high temperature applications. This model is based on a thermodynamic framework that uses the notion that the 'natural configuration' of a body evolves as the body undergoes a process and the evolution is determined by maximizing the rate of entropy production in general and the rate of dissipation within purely mechanical considerations. We constitutively prescribe forms for the specific Helmholtz potential and the rate of dissipation (which is the product of density, temperature and the rate of entropy production), and the model is derived by maximizing the rate of dissipation with the constraint of incompressibility, and the reduced energy dissipation equation is also regarded as a constraint in that it is required to be met in every process that the body undergoes. The efficacy of the model is ascertained by comparing the predictions of the model with the experimental data for PMR-15 and HFPE-II-52 polyimide resins. 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Karra, S., & Rajagopal, K. R.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Karra, Satish||Rajagopal, KR

publication date

  • January 2011