Stress wave propagation in rods of elastic-viscoplastic material

S. R. Bodner*, J. Aboudi

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A number of uniaxial stress wave propagation problems are solved based on the unified, multi-dimensional, elastic-viscoplastic constitutive equations of Bodner-Partom and a finite difference numerical procedure. Solutions are obtained for cases of a velocity imposed for a time period or indefinitely at the end of a semi-infinite bar, and for the condition of a finite bar subjected to a high velocity superimposed on an applied low velocity after a time interval. Work-hardening is taken to be isotropic for stress of constant sign, while an isochoric, anisotropic work-hardening formulation is employed for problems involving stresses of reversed sign due to unloading or reflections. The numerical exercises are based on constants for a strongly strain rate sensitive material, titanium, and the results indicate good qualitative agreement with a wide range of experimental observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-314
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1983


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