Plasticity and failure behavior modeling of high-strength steels under various strain rates and temperatures : microstructure to components

Junhe Lian*, Wenqi Liu, Ioanna Papadioti, Ilias Bellas, Sarath Chandran, Patricia Verleysen, Helmut Richter, Nikolaos Aravas, Sebastian Münstermann

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The aim of this study is to establish an integrated material modelling approach, micro, macro and component scales, for investigating the plasticity, damage and fracture behaviour of modern high-strength steels under various strain rates and temperatures. With the established relations between different scales, the approach ultimately provides a knowledge-based and efficient alternative for the damage-tolerant microstructure design to the conventional empirical rules. In this study, we will present the models working at different scales and the scaling strategy between them. For a more general application than quasistatic and room temperature, the models are formulated with strain rate and temperature dependency. All models are calibrated by experiments on the corresponding scale and also validated by experiments not involved in the calibration procedure or tests from a higher length scale. As the ultimate goal of the approach is to guide the microstructure design, a fine-resolution digital representation of the microstructure is targeted in the study. In addition to the standard phase fraction, grain size and shape features, fine-tuning of the microstructural features, such as texture and misorientation distribution is also implemented into the synthetic microstructure model. The impact of these individual microstructure features and their combination on the macroscopic and component level performance is studied and the optimized microstructure for the desired improvement of the mechanical property can be identified by the proposed approach. (C) 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1421-1426
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia Structural Integrity
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEuropean Conference on Fracture - Belgrade, Serbia
Duration: 26 Aug 201831 Aug 2018
Conference number: 22


  • Structure integrity
  • Multiscale modelling
  • strain gradient theory
  • crystal plasticity
  • continuum damage mechanics
  • damage and fracture


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