Inflation of a Plane Circular Membrane

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H. O. Foster

E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., Inc., Engineering Technology Laboratory, Wilmington, Del.

J. Eng. Ind 89(3), 403-407 (Aug 01, 1967) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3610067 History: Received August 01, 1966; Online August 25, 2011


An analytical solution has been found for the inflation of rubber-like membranes when the deformations are assumed to be large. Radial stretching of the membrane before inflation is incorporated into the problem. Experimental data for “Dental Dam” rubber show excellent agreement with the theory over the range of validity of the neo-Hookean strain energy function employed in the analyses.

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