Nonlinearity and Selforganization in Plasticity and Fracture

  • E. C. Aifantis
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 183)


Even though there is strong evidence of multiplicity, nonlinearity and selforganization in plasticity, there is not a general consensus or systematic effort to utilize recent methods of nonlinear physics for understanding bifurcation and pattering of deformation phenomena. An approach recently advocated by the author and his co-workers is briefly outlined here. Emphasis is put on illustrating the origin of plastic instabilities at various levels of observation. Details are given on the problem of the persistent slip bands noted, for example, during cyclic deformation of Cu-monocrystals, and of the Portevin-Le Chatelier bands noted, for example, during monotonic deformation of Al-5% Mg polycrystals. Finally, the problem of viscoelastic peeling is outlined in the appendix and its relation to fracture is pointed out.


Shear Band Peel Test Persistent Slip Band Uniform Steady State Monotonic Deformation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. C. Aifantis
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  1. 1.Dept. of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering MechanicsMichigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA

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