Deformation twinning during impact - numerical calculations using a constitutive theory based on multiple natural configurations Academic Article uri icon


  • When materials such as Armco iron, titanium etc., are subject to impact it can be observed that two basics inelastic processes take place - slip and deformation twinning. Of these processes, inelasticity associated with the slip mechanism has received considerable attention. For example, Zerilli and Armstrong (1988) modeled the Taylor impact test for a variety of materials using traditional plasticity theories. They found that there was a significant discrepancy between the theoretical and ex-perimental results for some materials. They attributed this to the fact that they had neglected deformation twinning in their models. Subsequent metallurgical studies have indicated that twinning had indeed taken place in these materials. In this study, we focus on the inelastic processes solely due to deformation twinning (i.e., neglecting slip). We model these processes using the approach of Rajagopal and Srinivasa (1995, 1997) and Srinivasa et al., (1997), the results of which are briefly summarized in section 2.1. In order to better understand the twinning process, we study the Taylor impact test for a 2-D slab under the assumption that only deformation twinning takes place and solve the governing dynamical equations by using the finite element method. The results show that the twinned zone is concentrated near the point of impact and indeed it contributes significantly to the overall permanent shape change a due to the impact.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Lapczyk, I., Rajagopal, K. R., & Srinivasa, A. R.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Lapczyk, I||Rajagopal, KR||Srinivasa, AR

publication date

  • February 1998