Single hardening constitutive model for frictional materials II. Yield critirion and plastic work contours

P. V. Lade, M. K. Kim

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A review of numerous experimental data sets for frictional materials has led to a reformulation of the condition for plastic yielding in such materials. A yield function is proposed such that yield surfaces are equivalent to plastic work contours. Two parameters are required in this function. The yield surface resembles an asymmetric tear drop in the principal stress space. It includes tensile behavior of materials with effective cohesion. Work hardening and softening behavior can be simulated through the formulation of plasticity proposed herein. The capabilities of this mathematically consistent formulation are examined by comparisons with experimental data from two- and three-dimensional tests on different frictional materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-29
Number of pages17
JournalComputers and Geotechnics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1988

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Funding Information:
The basic developmental work presented here was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CEE 8211159. Additional developments and computational refinements were supported by Exxon Production Research Company, Houston, Texas, and by California Research and Technology, Chatsworth, California. Grateful appreciation is expressed for their support of this research.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Computer Science Applications


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