This article shows how to implement an orthotropic plastic behaviour with isotropic linear hardening in `MFront`

. Such an example illustrates:

- The usage of
`StandardElasticity`

brick (see this page). - The usage of the
`@ComputeStiffnessTensor`

keyword to define the orthotropic stiffness tensor. - The usage of the
`@HillTensor`

keyword to define the Hill tensor.

The whole implementation is available here.

The behaviour is described by a standard decomposition of the strain \({{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{to}}}\) in an elastic and a plastic component, respectively denoted \({{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}\) and \({{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{p}}}\):

\[ {{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{to}}}={{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}+{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{p}}}\]

The stress \({\underline{\sigma}}\) is related to the the elastic strain \({{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}\) by a the orthotropic elastic stiffness \({\underline{\underline{\mathbf{D}}}}\):

\[ {\underline{\sigma}}= {\underline{\underline{\mathbf{D}}}}\,\colon\,{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}\]

The plastic part of the behaviour is described by the following yield surface: \[ f{{\left({\sigma_{H}},p\right)}} = {\sigma_{H}}-\sigma_{0}-R\,p \]

where \({\sigma_{H}}\) is the Hill stress defined below, \(p\) is the equivalent plastic strain, \(\sigma_{0}\) is the yield stress and \(R\) is the hardening slope.

The Hill stress \({\sigma_{H}}\) is defined using the fourth order Hill tensor \(H\): \[ {\sigma_{H}}=\sqrt{{\underline{\sigma}}\,\colon\,{\underline{\underline{\mathbf{H}}}}\colon\,{\underline{\sigma}}} \]

The plastic flow is assumed to be associated, so the flow direction \({\underline{n}}\) is given by \({{\displaystyle \frac{\displaystyle \partial f}{\displaystyle \partial {\underline{\sigma}}}}}\):

\[ {\underline{n}} = {{\displaystyle \frac{\displaystyle \partial f}{\displaystyle \partial {\underline{\sigma}}}}} = {{{\displaystyle \frac{\displaystyle 1}{\displaystyle {\sigma_{H}}}}}}\,{\underline{\underline{\mathbf{H}}}}\,\colon\,{\underline{\sigma}}\]

The previous constitutive equations will be integrated using a standard implicit scheme.

Assuming a plastic loading, the system of equations to be solved is: \[ \left\{ \begin{aligned} \Delta\,{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}-\Delta\,{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{to}}}+\Delta\,p\,{\underline{n}} &= 0 \\ f{{\left({{\left.{\sigma_{H}}\right|_{t+\theta\,\Delta\,t}}},{{\left.p\right|_{t+\theta\,\Delta\,t}}}\right)}} &= 0 \\ \end{aligned} \right. \]

where \({{\left.X\right|_{t+\theta\,\Delta\,t}}}\) is the value of \(X\) at \(t+\theta\,\Delta\,t\), \(\theta\) being a numerical parameter. In the following, the first (tensorial) equation is noted \(f_{{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}}\) and the second (scalar) equation is noted \(f_{p}\).

In practice, it is physically sound to make satisfy exactly the yield condition at the end of the time step (otherwise, stress extrapolation can lead to stress state outside the yield surface and spurious oscillations can also be observed). This leads to the choice \(\theta=1\).

The jacobian \(J\) of the implicit system can be decomposed by blocks: \[ J= \begin{pmatrix} {{\displaystyle \frac{\displaystyle \partial f_{{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}}}{\displaystyle \partial \Delta\,{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}}}} & {{\displaystyle \frac{\displaystyle \partial f_{{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}}}{\displaystyle \partial \Delta\,p}}} & \\\\ {{\displaystyle \frac{\displaystyle \partial f_{p}}{\displaystyle \partial \Delta\,{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}}}} & {{\displaystyle \frac{\displaystyle \partial f_{p}}{\displaystyle \partial \Delta\,p}}} \\ \end{pmatrix} \]

The expression of the previous terms is given by:

\[ \left\{ \begin{aligned} {{\displaystyle \frac{\displaystyle \partial f_{{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}}}{\displaystyle \partial \Delta\,{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}}}} &= {\underline{I}} + {{{\displaystyle \frac{\displaystyle \theta\,dp}{\displaystyle {\sigma_{H}}}}}}\,{{\left({\underline{\underline{\mathbf{H}}}}-{\underline{n}}\,\otimes\,{\underline{n}}\right)}}\,{\underline{\underline{\mathbf{D}}}} \\ {{\displaystyle \frac{\displaystyle \partial f_{{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}}}{\displaystyle \partial \Delta\,p}}} &= {\underline{n}}\\ {{\displaystyle \frac{\displaystyle \partial f_{p}}{\displaystyle \partial \Delta\,{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}}}} &= -\theta\,{\underline{n}}\,\colon\,{\underline{\underline{\mathbf{D}}}}\\ {{\displaystyle \frac{\displaystyle \partial f_{p}}{\displaystyle \partial \Delta\,p}}} &= -R\,\theta \end{aligned} \right. \]

Assuming an elastic loading, the system of equations to be solved is trivially: \[ \left\{ \begin{aligned} \Delta\,{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{el}}}-\Delta\,{{\underline{\varepsilon}}^{\mathrm{to}}}&= 0 \\ \Delta\,p &= 0 \\ \end{aligned} \right. \]

The jacobian associated with this system is the identity matrix.

In the plastic loading case, the system of equations to be solved is *non-linear*. We choose the Newton-Raphson algorithm with an analytical jacobian. Compared to other algorithm available in `MFront`

(Runge-Kutta, Broyden, Newton-Raphson with numerical jacobian, etc..), this algorithm is generally the *most efficient* in pratice.

The implementation begins with the choice of the `Implicit`

domain specific language (dsl):

`@DSL Implicit;`

Note that this dsl automatically declares the elastic strain `eel`

as a state variable.

As discussed before, we explicit state that a fully implicit integration will be used by default:

`@Theta 1;`

This value can be changed at runtime by modifying the `theta`

parameter.

The stopping criterion is chosen low, to ensure the quality of the consistent tangent operator (the default value, \(10^{-8}\) is enough to ensure a good estimation of the state variable evolution, but is not enough to have a proper estimation of the consistent tangent operator):

`@Epsilon 1e-14;`

We then declare the behaviour to be orthotropic. We choose the `pipe`

orthotropic convention to have a consistent definition of the elastic stiffness tensor and hill tensor for all modelling hypotheses (axes are automatically permuted for plane modelling hypotheses):

`@OrthotropicBehaviour<Pipe>;`

We then declare that we want to support all the modelling hypotheses:

`@ModellingHypotheses {".+"};`

The support of plane stress modelling hypotheses are handled by the `StandardElasticity`

brick and will not be discussed here.

`StandardElasticity`

brickTo implement this behaviour, we will use the `StandardElasticity`

brick which provides:

- Automatic computation of the stress tensor at various stages of the behaviour integration.
- Automatic computation of the consistent tangent operator.
- Automatic support for plane stress and generalized plane stress modelling hypotheses (The axial strain is defined as an additional state variable and the associated equation in the implicit system is added to enforce the plane stess condition).
- Automatic addition of the standard terms associated with the elastic strain state variable.

This behaviour brick is fully described here.

The usage of the `StandardElasticity`

is declared as follows:

`@Brick StandardElasticity;`

The elastic stiffness tensor \(D\) is defined using `@ComputeStiffnessTensor`

keyword by giving the elastic material properties as constants:

```
@ComputeStiffnessTensor<UnAltered> {
// YoungModulus1 YoungModulus2 YoungModulus3
7.8e+10,2.64233e+11,3.32e+11,
// PoissonRatio12 PoissonRatio23 PoissonRatio13
0.13,0.24,0.18,
// ShearModulus12 ShearModulus23 ShearModulus13
4.8e+10,1.16418e+11,7.8e+10
};
```

This computed stiffness is stored in a variable `D`

. A second variable `D_tdt`

is also introduced. As the material properties are constants, `D_tdt`

is an alias to `D`

.

The elastic material properties can be changed at runtime time by modifying the following parameters: `YoungModulus1`

, `YoungModulus2`

,`YoungModulus3`

, `PoissonRatio12`

, `PoissonRatio23`

, `PoissonRatio13`

, `ShearModulus12`

, `ShearModulus23`

and `ShearModulus13`

.

Rather than constants, one can also use correlations implemented in seperate `MFront`

files. This allows to take into account the dependency of the material properties with the temperature for example. In this case, the variable `D`

contains the stiffness tensor at \(t+\theta\,\Delta\,t\) and the variable `D_tdt`

contains the stiffness tensor at \(t+\Delta\,t\).

Another possibility is to use the `@RequireStiffnessTensor`

keyword. In this case, the elastic material properties must be computed by the calling solver at the end of the time step (and furnished to the mechanical behaviours through hidden material properties).

For the computation of the Hill tensor, we make use of the `@HillTensor`

keyword:

`@HillTensor H {0.371,0.629,4.052,1.5,1.5,1.5};`

As stated earlier, the state variable `eel`

is automatically declared by the `Implicit`

dsl.

The equivalent plastic strain state variable `p`

is declared as:

`@StateVariable real p;`

We then associate the appropriate glossary name to this variable:

`p.setGlossaryName("EquivalentPlasticStrain");`

The definition of yield surface introduces two material coefficients \(\sigma_{0}\) and \(R\) that we declare as parameters:

```
@Parameter s0 = 150e6;
s0.setGlossaryName("YieldStress");
@Parameter R = 150e9;
R.setEntryName("HardeningSlope");
```

The `YieldStress`

is an entry of the glossary (see here). The `HardeningSlope`

name is not declared in the glossary name (yet) and is then associated to the \(R\) variable with the `setEntryName`

method.

To select the implicit system associated either with the elastic or plastic loading case, we introduce a boolean local variable `b`

.

`@LocalVariable bool b; // if true, plastic loading`

Before solving the implicit system, the code block introduced by the `@InitLocalVariables`

keyword is executed. For this behaviour, this block will select either the elastic or plastic loading case.

We first make an *elastic prediction* of the stress at the end of the time step. We use the `computeElasticPrediction`

method introduced by the `StandardElasticity`

brick. This method takes into account the modelling hypothesis, which is mandatory for plane stress modelling hypotheses. We then make an elastic prediction of the Hill equivalent stress and check whether or not this elastic prediction is inside the elastic domain. The latter information is stored in the boolean value `b`

which will be `false`

(no plastic loading) if the loading is elastic.

```
@InitLocalVariables{
const auto s = computeElasticPrediction();
const auto seq = sqrt(s|H*s);
b = seq-s0-R*p > 0;
}
```

Finally, we describe how the implicit system and the computation of the jacobian is written in a code block introduced by the `@Integrator`

keyword.

We use the following facts:

- The equations of implicit system are initialized to the state variables increments (i.e.
`feel`

is initialized to`deel`

). - The jacobian \(J\) is initialized to the identity (i.e.
`dfeel_ddeel`

is initialized to the identity tensor). - The increment of the total strain is automatically deduced from
`feel`

by the`StandardElasticity`

brick.

Apart from those facts, the code is an almost direct translation of the mathematical expression described in previous sections and boils down to the following lines of code:

```
@Integrator{
if(b){
const auto seq = sqrt(sig|H*sig);
const auto iseq = 1/(max(seq,real(1.e-10*D(0,0))));
const auto n = iseq*H*sig;
// elasticity
feel += dp*n;
dfeel_ddeel += theta*dp*iseq*(H-(n^n))*D;
dfeel_ddp = n;
// plasticity
fp = (seq-s0-R*(p+theta*dp))/D(0,0);
dfp_ddp = -theta*(R/D(0,0));
dfp_ddeel = theta*(n|D)/D(0,0);
}
}
```