Title: Stability and well-posedness of a rate-dependent strain-softening plasticity model

Authors: Q.H. Zuo, D.J. Alldredge

Addresses: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama 35899, USA. ' Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama 35899, USA

Abstract: This paper presents an investigation of the stability and well-posedness of a simple rate-dependent model for strain-softening materials. The model contains key features found in several advanced constitutive models that are currently used for damage and failure of materials. The stability and well-posedness of the model are studied by examining the behaviour of dynamic perturbations to the steady-state solution of a simple shear problem. It is shown that the introduction of strain-rate dependency makes the problem well-posed as dynamic perturbations with all wave lengths remain bounded for finite times. The effect of viscosity on the rate of growth of dynamic perturbations of different wave lengths is shown. It is found that the rate of growth for perturbations with short wave length is severely retarded by the material viscosity.

Keywords: material stability; well-posedness; Hadamard instability; strain softening materials; strain localisation; shear bands; TEPLA model; materials damage; materials failure; rate-dependent modelling; viscosity; dynamic perturbations; wave lengths.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTAMM.2010.033600

International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Multiscale Mechanics, 2010 Vol.1 No.3, pp.195 - 218

Available online: 07 Jun 2010 *

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