MATERIALS & DESIGN, vol.31, no.3, pp.1250-1255, 2010 (SCI-Expanded)
Macroscopic (continuum) and microscopic models, used for simulation of material behaviors under different loading conditions, contain a large number of material parameters and determination of these parameters is an important and difficult issue in the modeling. The aim of this work essentially deals with parameter determination procedure of any viscoplasticity model. In this study, genetic algorithm (GA) parameter optimization procedure has been proposed to determine material parameters of viscoplastic models. Parameter determination capability of the GA optimization method was tested by using VBO model which one of the viscoplasticity theory with no yield surface and loading-unloading conditions. Fourteen material. parameters of VBO model are determined using uniaxial loading-unloading stress strain curves of high density polyethylene (HDPE). Using these material parameters, creep and relaxation behaviors of HDPE are simulated. A good match with experimental results is obtained. Apart from many existing studies in the literature, GA optimization procedure is applied to determine material parameters instead of trial and error procedure. This method can also be used to determine materials parameters of other viscoplasticity theories for all kinds of materials. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.