Size effects in generalised continuum crystal plasticity for two-phase laminates

Abstract : The solutions of a boundary value problem are explored for various classes of generalised crystal plasticity models including Cosserat, strain gradient and micromorphic crystal plasticity. The considered microstructure consists of a two-phase laminate containing a purely elastic and an elasto-plastic phase undergoing single or double slip. The local distributions of plastic slip, lattice rotation and stresses are derived when the microstructure is subjected to simple shear. The arising size effects are characterised by the overall extra back stress component resulting from the action of higher order stresses, a characteristic length lc describing the size-dependent domain of material response, and by the corresponding scaling law ln as a function of microstructural length scale, l. Explicit relations for these quantities are derived and compared for the different models. The conditions at the interface between the elastic and elasto-plastic phases are shown to play a major role in the solution. A range of material parameters is shown to exist for which the Cosserat and micromorphic approaches exhibit the same behaviour. The models display in general significantly different asymptotic regimes for small microstructural length scales. Scaling power laws with the exponent continuously ranging from 0 to −2 are obtained depending on the values of the material parameters. The unusual exponent value −2 is obtained for the strain gradient plasticity model, denoted “curl Hp” in this work. These results provide guidelines for the identification of higher order material parameters of crystal plasticity models from experimental data, such as precipitate size effects in precipitate strengthened alloys.
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Nicolas Cordero, Anais Gaubert, Samuel Forest, Esteban P. Busso, F. Gallerneau, et al.. Size effects in generalised continuum crystal plasticity for two-phase laminates. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Elsevier, 2010, 58, pp.1963-1994. ⟨10.1016/j.jmps.2010.06.012⟩. ⟨hal-00542418⟩



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