WIAS Preprint No. 1655, (2011)

A model for the evolution of laminates in finite-strain elastoplasticity


  • Hackl, Klaus
  • Heinz, Sebastian
  • Mielke, Alexander
    ORCID: 0000-0002-4583-3888

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 49Q20 49S05 74C15


  • Rate-independent evolution, finite plasticity, gradient Young measures, polyconvexity


We study the time evolution in elastoplasticity within the rate-independent framework of generalized standard materials. Our particular interest is the formation and the evolution of microstructure. Providing models where existence proofs are possible is a challenging task since the presence of microstructure comes along with a lack of convexity and, hence, compactness arguments cannot be applied to prove the existence of solutions. In order to overcome this problem, we will incorporate information on the microstructure into the internal variable, which is still compatible with generalized standard materials. More precisely, we shall allow for such microstructure that is given by simple or sequential laminates. We will consider a model for the evolution of these laminates and we will prove a theorem on the existence of solutions to any finite sequence of time-incremental minimization problems. In order to illustrate the mechanical consequences of the theory developed some numerical results, especially dealing with the rotation of laminates, are presented.

Appeared in

  • ZAMM Z. Angew. Math. Mech., 92 (2012) pp. 888--909.

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