A Theory of Mechanical Response of Fiber Networks

Richard W. Perkins


General theoretical aspects of a continuum mathematical model for predicting the mechanical behavior of fiber networks are presented. The theory is developed for an idealized two-dimensional elastic network subjected to static loading. It is intended that the theory be employed to study the elastic stress-strain behavior of paper sheets or other bonded fibrous materials.


Mathematical models;continuum theory;paper elasticity;paper;nonwovens;analysis

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