Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics

, Volume 20, Issue 8, pp 459–477 | Cite as

Homogenization of the Prager model in one-dimensional plasticity

  • Ben SchweizerEmail author
Original Article


We propose a new method for the homogenization of hysteresis models of plasticity. For the one-dimensional wave equation with an elasto-plastic stress-strain relation we derive averaged equations and perform the homogenization limit for stochastic material parameters. This generalizes results of the seminal paper by Franců and Krejčí. Our approach rests on energy methods for partial differential equations and provides short proofs without recurrence to hysteresis operator theory.


Effective model Hysteresis Plasticity Prager model Differential inclusion Nonlinear wave equation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fakultät für Mathematik, TU DortmundDortmundGermany

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