Plasticity Jake Blanchard Spring 2008 Slideshow and powerpoint viewer: Analysis of Plastic Behavior Plastic deformation in metals is an inherently nonlinear process Studying it in ANSYS is m

Analysis of Plastic Behavior Plastic deformation in metals is an inherently nonlinear process Studying it in ANSYS is much like a transient problem ◦ Instead of time steps, we have load steps ◦ Elements must support plasticity ◦ We must define stress-strain curve

Models in ANSYS Bilinear Kinematic Hardening – constant slope after yielding Multilinear Kinematic Hardening – series of straight lines after yielding Nonlinear Kinematic Hardening Similar models exist for isotropic hardening Isotropic vs. kinematic determines how yield surface changes after yielding (kinematic means compressive yield increases as tensile yield increases) Others are more exotic; these will suffice for our needs

Approach for inelastic analysis Apply loads gradually – one load step with many substeps (ramped) Second load step will remove the pressure Even though analysis is quasi-static, we use time to differentiate load steps. So set time at end of first step to 1 second and time at end of second step to 2 seconds. (These are arbitrary.) The first load step should still be in the elastic region. I usually let ANSYS control time steps (automatic stepping).

Steps At what pressure will yielding first occur? Where does yielding first occur? What fraction of the cylinder area yields when the pressure increases to 1.2 times the yield pressure? At what pressure does the entire area yield? What happens if we remove the