Plasticity described by uncertain parameters - A variational inequality approach

Bojana V. Rosić*, Hermann G. Matthies

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In this paper we consider the mixed variational formulation of the quasi-static stochastic plasticity with combined isotropic and kinematic hardening. By applying standard results in convex analysis we show that criteria for the existence, uniqueness, and convergence can be easily derived. In addition, we demonstrate the mathematical similarity with the corresponding deterministic formulation which further may be extended to a stochastic variational inequality of the first kind. The aim of this work is to consider the numerical approximation of variational inequalities by a "white noise analysis". By introducing the random fields/processes used to model the displacements, stress and plastic strain and by approximating them by a combination of Karhunen-Lòeve and polynomial chaos expansion, we are able to establish stochastic Galerkin and collocation methods. In the first approach, this is followed by a stochastic closest point projection algorithm in order to numerically solve the problem, giving an intrusive method relying on the introduction of the polynomial chaos algebra. As it does not rely on sampling, the method is shown to be very robust and accurate. However, the same procedure may be applied in another way, i.e. by calculating the residuum via high-dimensional integration methods (the second approach) giving a non-intrusive Galerkin techniques based on random sampling-Monte Carlo and related techniques-or deterministic sampling such as collocation methods. The third approach we present is in pure stochastic collocation manner. By highlighting the dependence of the random solution on the uncertain parameters, we try to investigate the influence of individual uncertain characteristics on the structure response by testing several numerical problems in plain strain or plane stress conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Plasticity XI - Fundamentals and Applications, COMPLAS XI
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-84-89925-73-1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Conference on Computational Plasticity, COMPLAS 2011 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 7 Sept 20119 Sept 2011
Conference number: 11


Conference11th International Conference on Computational Plasticity, COMPLAS 2011
Abbreviated titleCOMPLAS


  • Karhunen-Loève expansion
  • Polynomial chaos expansion
  • Stochastic plasticity
  • Stochastic variational inequality


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