ABSTRACT of the Doctoral Thesis
The presence of inelastic deformations in the matrix requires that stability of the loading process is investigated rather then the stability of isolated equilibrium states. For irreversible deformations these two concepts of stability do not coincide. A deformation process following an equilibrium path involving inelastic deformations may become nonunique and can bifurcate even while the individual states that comprise the path are in stable equilibrium when considered isolated. The theory that allows for the treatment of inelastic bifurcations is reviewed from the literature and the present problem is formulated in its context.
The implications resulting from the theory of inelastic instabilities, with particular regard for the post buckling behaviour, are demonstrated using a simplified model that allows for analytical treatment of the problem. Taking advantage of the homogeneous prebuckling stress distribution the governing equations for plane strain J2-plasticity are solved in a simplified manner for more refined models, and approximate analytical results for the bifurcation load where obtained.
Analytical considerations are complemented by numerical simulations to validate the results. For the simulations a suitable unit cell-model was developed and verified by independent simulations. Comparison of analytical predictions and numerical results are in good accordance for the case of ideal plasticity in the matrix and provide some insight in the underlying mechanisms for the case of a hardening matrix. For both cases an analytical interpretation of the obtained buckling mode is given.