Comparison of different isotropic elastoplastic models at finite strains used in numerical analysis

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Abstract

Several thermodynamically consistent isotropic elastoplastic models at finite strains, that are based on the multiplicative decomposition of the total deformation gradient, are analyzed and compared. It occurs that some of them, that are often used in numerical calculations and cited in literature, are completely equivalent and give the same results, despite quite different structures of the final equations. However, not all models for isotropic elastoplasticity at finite strains that are based on the multiplicative decomposition of the total deformation gradient, and the same elastic and plastic constitutive equations are equivalent because of different equations for the plastic rotation tensor. Comparison of some models showed their dependency on equations for the plastic spin. Such equations are often accepted as assumptions that help to construct an effective numerical algorithm. It is shown that the assumption of a zero modified plastic spin for a thermoelastoplastic model, with the thermal deformation gradient, leads to a new, very effective finite element procedure that is similar to the case of small strains. The derivation and details of such a numerical algorithm are given. A two-dimensional thermoelastoplastic problem at finite strains is solved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4659-4674
Number of pages16
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Volume192
Issue number41-42
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 10 2003

Keywords

  • Elastoplastic models
  • Finite element method
  • Finite strains

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