Finite element modeling of polycrystalline solids

P. R. Dawson, A. J. Beaudoin, K. K. Mathur

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The finite element method provides a powerful complement to polycrystal plasticity theory for analyzing the deformations of polycrystalline solids. Anisotropy of the flow can be computed based on the slip characteristics of individual crystals and included in finite element formulations as the constitutive description of the material. A variety of approaches exist for merging finite element formulations and polycrystal plasticity, and depending of the intended application the two may have different relationships to each other. In this review, we summarize two regimes that we refer to as large and small scale applications. We discuss some important issues associated with each and briefly outline contributions to each reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1703-1712
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials Science Forum
Issue numberpt 2
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Textures of Materials. Part 1 (of 2) - Clausthal, Ger
Duration: Sep 20 1993Sep 24 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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