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Latin American applied research

versión impresa ISSN 0327-0793


ETSE, G.  y  NIETO, M.. Cosserat continua-based micro plane modelling. Theory and numerical analysis. Lat. Am. appl. res. [online]. 2004, vol.34, n.4, pp.229-240. ISSN 0327-0793.

The well-known micro plane theory is extended to account for micro rotations and couple stresses in the framework of the micro polar Cosserat continua. The main purpose is to obtain reliable macroscopic constitutive equations and models for engineering materials like concrete and other composites based on available and precise information of their complex microstructure. The proposed macroscopic descriptions account also for anisotropic material response behavior by means of the well-developed micro plane concept applied within a micro polar continuum setting. For the formulation of the micro polar-based micro plane theory a thermodynamically consistent approach is considered, whereby the main assumption is the integral relation between the macroscopic and the microscopic free energy as advocated by Carol et al. (2001) and Kuhl et al. (2001). Thereby, the micro plane laws are chosen such that the macroscopic Clausius-Duhem inequality is fully satisfied. This theoretical framework is considered to derive both elastic and elastoplastic micro polar micro plane models. Numerical predictions of the uniaxial tensile and simple shear tests in plane strain conditions obtained with a micro polar micro plane elastoplastic model are also presented and contrasted to the corresponding predictions of the classical micro polar elastoplastic model.

Palabras clave : Plasticity; Micropolar; Micro-Plane; Localized Failure.

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