Inflation of a Spherical Rubber Balloon

Application ID: 12599

This model demonstrates the inflation of a rubber balloon with four different hyperelastic material models. The results are compared with the analytical solution for a thin-walled, spherical vessel.

Controlling the inflation of hyperelastic balloons is important in clinical applications, cardiovascular research, and the medical device industry. The example is taken from the book “Nonlinear Solid Mechanics”, by G. A. Holzapfel.

This model example illustrates applications of this type that would nominally be built using the following products: