Numerical Study of Microstructures in Single-Slip Finite Elastoplasticity

  • Sergio Conti
  • Georg DolzmannEmail author


A model problem in finite elastoplasticity with one active slip system in two dimensions is considered. It is based on the multiplicative decomposition of the deformation gradient and includes an elastic response, dissipation and linear hardening. The focus lies on deformation theory of plasticity, which corresponds to a single time step in the variational formulation of the incremental problem. The formation of microstructures in different regions of phase space is analyzed, and it is shown that first-order laminates play an important role in the regime, where both dissipation and hardening are relevant, with second- and third-order laminates reducing the energy even further. No numerical evidence for laminates of order four or higher is found. For large shear and bulk modulus, numerical convergence to the rigid-plastic regime is verified. The main tool is an algorithm for the efficient search for optimal microstructures, which are determined by minimization of the condensed energy. The presently used algorithm and code are extensions of those previously developed for the study of relaxation in sheets of nematic elastomers.


Elastoplasticity Single slip Quasiconvexity Relaxation 

Mathematics Subject Classification

49J45 74B20 74C15 



This work was partially supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft through the Sonderforschungsbereich 1060 “The mathematics of emergent effects,” project A5.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universität BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Universität RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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