Mechanism-based strain gradient crystal plasticity - I. Theory

Chung Souk Han*, Huajian Gao, Yonggang Huang, William D. Nix

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We have been developing the theory of mechanism-based strain gradient plasticity (MSG) to model size-dependent plastic deformation at micron and submicron length scales. The core idea has been to incorporate the concept of geometrically necessary dislocations into the continuum plastic constitutive laws via the Taylor hardening relation. Here we extend this effort to develop a mechanism-based strain gradient theory of crystal plasticity. In this theory, an effective density of geometrically necessary dislocations for a specific slip plane is introduced via a continuum analog of the Peach-Koehler force in dislocation theory and is incorporated into the plastic constitutive laws via the Taylor relation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1188-1203
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2005


  • A. Dislocations
  • B. Constitutive behavior
  • Elastic-plastic material
  • Principles
  • Strain gradient plasticity
  • Strengthening mechanisms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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