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Title: An 'Industrialized' methodology for material characterization: Moving away from P/A

Source: 2009 Wood and Fiber Product Seminar: VTT and USDA Joint Activity, September 22-23, 2009. Edited by Ali Harlin & Minna Vikman. (VTT Symposium 263) Helsinki, Finland : VTT, c2010. 176, A3 p. ISBN 978-951-38-7589-3.

Author(s)Hermanson, John C.

Publication Year: 2010  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4714-3A

Abstract: My presentation aims to report on how computational technologies, computational modeling, and mechatronic technologies have evolved, especially in recent years, in order to facilitate 'Industrialized,' data-driven constitutive characterization of materials subjected to complex loads. The desire to be able to predict the behavior of physical systems under complex generalized loading conditions is primarily driven by the need to design and utilize such systems in various areas of human technological endeavors. The means of predicting the behavior of physical systems since Robert Hooke has been generally encapsulated by an approach that seeks to develop a system model within the context of continuum mechanics using hypothesized constitutive models. While these hypothesized constitutive models are based upon theorized laws of physics, observer invariance for example, they are not always successful in accurately reproducing actual (experimentally established) behavior of existing systems. A data-driven approach forgoes hypothesizing material behavior by relying on a database of sampled behavior.

Keywords: Loads; mechanics; forest products industry; mathematical models; research; forest products research; technological innovations; testing machines; machine design; machine construction; dynamic testing; testing; wood-plastic composites; mechatronics; performance testing; wood-plastic materials; mechatronic systems

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 73 kb(s)

Date posted: 07/15/2010
RITS Product ID: 35792
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Hermanson, John C.
Research General Engineer

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