On the Competition Between Failure and Instability in Progressively Softening Solids Academic Article uri icon


  • Progressively softening solids admit the possibility of a complete loss of stress-carrying capacity and are also prone to shear localization instabilities. Quasi-static shearing of a planar block is used to illustrate, in a very simple context, circumstances where one or the other of these outcomes is favored. The block is characterized as a linear softening Kelvin-Voigt type solid and an imperfection in the form of a band of reduced stiffness is specified. © 1991 by ASME.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Applied Mechanics

author list (cited authors)

  • Needleman, A

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Needleman, A

publication date

  • March 1991