Shear bands as surfaces of discontinuity

W. E. Olmstead*, S. Nemat-Nasser, L. Ni

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A theoretical characterization of a shear band as a surface of discontinuity is developed. For the one-dimensional problem of unidirectional shearing of a slab, expressions for the jump discontinuities across a possible shear band are derived. This provides a simplified formulation of the problem, which yields a pair of equations for the evolution of stress and temperature along the surface representing the shear band. Two illustrative examples are examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-709
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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