I am trying to study the shape of a buckled thin elastic polymer sheet. The sheet is clamped at both ends.
First, I used a linear buckling analysis to obtain the buckling modes. Secondly, I introduce imperfections and run a Riks analysis. I obtained a buckled sheet with a shape close to the theoretical elastica shape.
Do you think this is the right approach?
I have two problems tough.
Which strains are representative of the local deformation at high-curvature point? Is the Logarithmic strain the appropriate one? At this point I have 50% deformation...which seems a lot.
Is there a way to plot the stress versus displacement to see the buckling occur (the deformation is load driven)?