Plasticity, Viscoplasticity, and Fracture

  • Dallas N. LittleEmail author
  • David H. Allen
  • Amit Bhasin


This chapter presents an overview of the development of the theories of plasticity, viscoplasticity, and thermoviscoplasticity. In addition, two methodologies that can be utilized to account for the effects of progressive cracking are briefly reviewed. An understanding of these models is essential to the ability to predict the response of flexible pavements.


Plasticity Viscoplasticity Fracture Yielding Yield criterion Flow rule Strain hardening Drucker’s postulate Workhardening rules Thermoviscoplasticity Thermodynamic constraints Cracking Damage mechanics Fracture mechanics Cohesive zone model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dallas N. Little
    • 1
    Email author
  • David H. Allen
    • 1
  • Amit Bhasin
    • 2
  1. 1.Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.The University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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