A comparison of a statistical-mechanics based plasticity model with discrete dislocation plasticity calculations

S Yefimov, [No Value] Groma, E van der Giessen*, I. Groma

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A two-dimensional nonlocal version of continuum crystal plasticity theory is proposed, which is based on a statistical-mechanics description of the collective behavior of dislocations coupled to standard small-strain crystal continuum kinematics for single slip. It involves a set of transport equations for the total dislocation density field and for the net-Burgers vector density field, which include a slip system back stress associated to the gradient of the net-Burgers vector density. The theory is applied to the problem of shearing of a two-dimensional composite material with elastic reinforcements in a crystalline matrix. The results are compared to those of discrete dislocation simulations of the same problem. The continuum theory is shown to be able to pick up the distinct dependence on the size of the reinforcing particles for one of the morphologies being studied. Also, its predictions are consistent with the discrete dislocation results during unloading, showing a pronounced Bauschinger effect. None of these features are captured by standard local plasticity theories. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)279-300
Aantal pagina's22
TijdschriftJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusPublished - feb.-2004

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