On the Form for the Plastic Velocity Gradient Lp in Crystal Plasticity Academic Article uri icon


  • It is usual to assume that the "velocity gradient" Lpassociated with slip is ∑k=1nγ̇kSk⊗ nk, where γ̇kis the rate of shear of the kth slip system defined by the slip direction Skand the normal to the plane nk. The above expression, written directly as the linear superposition of instantaneous rates of shear over all the active slip systems, is motivated both by experiments and the single slip case. On the other hand, one might assume that the deformation gradient Fphas a multiplicative decomposition, but here the sequence of activation of the slip systems becomes important. These representations for Fpand Lpshould be viewed as constraints, and they are consistent for linearized theories and proportional deformations but not for all deformations; that is, not all deformations for which Lphas the above form can one express Fpas a product of deformation gradients associated with each of the slip systems. In this paper, we discuss sufficient conditions under which the two constraints are equivalent, and we also provide a sufficient condition that guarantees that the form for the plastic deformation gradient is independent of the sequence of activation.

author list (cited authors)

  • Rengarajan, G., & Rajagopal, K. R.

citation count

  • 8

publication date

  • October 2001