Rigid, Perfectly Plastic Methods

  • Jorge A. C. Ambrosio
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 423)


In many energy absorbing systems and structural crashworthiness problems, the external impact energy is absorbed through the inelastic behaviour of a ductile material. Moreover, in these extreme conditions of interest, the inelastic strains are large and dominate the elastic behaviour. Thus, the idealisation of a rigid, perfectly plastic material may be used for theoretical and numerical methods of analysis with little sacrifice in accuracy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge A. C. Ambrosio
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto Superior TécnicoPortugal

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