A discrete dislocation analysis of bending Academic Article uri icon


  • Bending of a strip in plane strain is analyzed using discrete dislocation plasticity where the dislocations are modeled as line defects in a linear elastic medium. At each stage of loading, superposition is used to represent the solution in terms of the infinite medium solution for the discrete dislocations and a complementary solution that enforces the boundary conditions, which is non-singular and obtained from a linear elastic, finite element solution. The lattice resistance to dislocation motion, dislocation nucleation and dislocation annihilation are incorporated into the formulation through a set of constitutive rules. Solutions for cases with multiple slip systems and with a single slip system are presented. The bending moment versus rotation relation and the evolution of the dislocation structure are outcomes of the boundary value problem solution. The effects of slip geometry, obstacles to dislocation motion and specimen size on the moment versus rotation response are considered. Also, the evolution of the dislocation structure is studied with emphasis on the role of geometrically necessary dislocations. The dislocation structure that develops leads to well-defined slip bands, with the slip band spacing scaling with the specimen height.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Cleveringa, H., Van der Giessen, E., & Needleman, A.

citation count

  • 153

complete list of authors

  • Cleveringa, HHM||Van der Giessen, E||Needleman, A

publication date

  • January 1999