Test program for linear viscoelastic modeling of thermoplastic materials with no temperature dependence 

This test program is recommended for developing a linear viscoelastic model of a thermoplastic material without temperature dependence.  It is assumed that the material is known to be linear viscoelastic.  If you do not know whether the material is linear viscoelastic, contact Veryst for more guidance.

Test Program
We recommend the following base tests: 

Test ID Description # Strain Levels # Repeats # Specimens
UT001 Tensile test 1 2 2
UT005 Stress relaxation test 2 2 4

Depending on the material, we may also recommend the following additional tests:

Test ID Description # Repeats # Specimens
UC001 Uniaxial compression test 2 2
VC001 Volumetric compression test 2 2


  • These tests are performed at a fixed temperature [Room Temperature (RT), High Temperature (HT) or Cryogenic Temperature (CT)].
  • VC001 is not needed for an incompressible material.
  • The test program assumes the material is isotropic.  If the material is anisotropic, Veryst recommends a different suite of tests.  Contact Veryst for more information.

Specimen Requirements

  • 8 tensile (dog-bone) specimens
  • 3 compression cylinder specimens
  • 3 volumetric compression specimens

See the description of individual tests for details on specimen geometries.  Note that we request extra specimens to ensure a sufficient supply of specimens for valid testing.

Veryst can also assist in molding standard and non-standard test specimens.  Please contact us if you are interested in discussing this option.

Material Model Calibration 
Veryst can use the above test program to calibrate an appropriate elastic-plastic constitutive model for use in finite element simulations.  Veryst can calibrate models built-in to commercial finite element (FE) codes (Abaqus, ANSYS, COMSOL Multiphysics, LS-DYNA, etc.) or advanced models from the PolyUMod® library, which may also be used with most commercial FE codes.

Typical candidate material models include advanced polymer viscoplasticity models [Bergstrom-Boyce, three-network model (TNM), parallel network model (PNM), parallel rheological flow (PRF), etc.]  The specific model selected depends on the material behavior and your FE software. 

Additional Validation 
Veryst can perform additional validation, depending on the target material and the simulation application, through any of the following tests and any necessary component level FE simulation:

  • Impact testing
  • Micro-to-macro indentation responses

More Information
For a customized quotation, please write to us at and indicate the Test ID (TP003), type of material, test temperatures, specimen geometries available, or other relevant details.

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