Acta Mechanica Sinica

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 338–348 | Cite as

A new thermo-elasto-plasticity constitutive theory for polycrystalline metals

  • Cen Chen
  • Qiheng Tang
  • Tzuchiang WangEmail author
Research paper


In this study, the behavior of polycrystalline metals at different temperatures is investigated by a new thermo-elasto-plasticity constitutive theory. Based on solid mechanical and interatomic potential, the constitutive equation is established using a new decomposition of the deformation gradient. For polycrystalline copper and magnesium, the stress–strain curves from 77 to 764 K (copper), and 77 to 870 K (magnesium) under quasi-static uniaxial loading are calculated, and then the calculated results are compared with the experiment results. Also, it is determined that the present model has the capacity to describe the decrease of the elastic modulus and yield stress with the increasing temperature, as well as the change of hardening behaviors of the polycrystalline metals. The calculation process is simple and explicit, which makes it easy to implement into the applications.

Graphical abstract

The new decomposition of deformation gradient offers the key basis for the establishment of the thermo-elasto-plasticity constitutive theory in this article. And the proposed model can accurately reflect the behavior of the polycrystalline metals at different temperatures with a concise and clear calculation process.


Thermo-elasto-plasticity constitutive theory Yield stress Hardening behaviors Finite temperature 



This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants 11021262, 11172303, 11132011) and National Basic Research Program of China through 2012CB937500.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Nonlinear Mechanics, Institute of MechanicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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