General Theory

  • Kirk C. Valanis
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 77)


In current theories of plasticity, to explain the observed discontinuities in material behavior upon loading beyond the “yield point” and upon unloading, one has to introduce the concept of a yield surface in stress space as well as a “loading function” to distinguish between loading and unloading. Similarly, in the case of viscoplasticity, the existence of a static stress-strain relation and a yield surface are assumed and the stress increment, with respect to the static value, is related to the strain rate, or more generally to the strain history, by a constitutive equation.


Yield Surface Yield Locus Free Energy Density Strain Rate Effect Fourth Order Tensor 
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  • Kirk C. Valanis
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  1. 1.University of IowaUSA

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