Generalized Continuum Models of Materials Mechanics


(Prof. Dr. Michael Zaiser)

The behavior of materials with complex microstructures can not always be described by standard approaches of continuum mechanics. In particular, theoretical modeling of small scale plasticity with its associated size effects requires adaptation of phenomenological continuum models. The lecture shows how this can be achieved by using nonlocal, gradient-dependent or stochastic terms to account for account for microstructural heterogeneity and length scales.