IUTAM Symposium on Computational Mechanics of Solid Materials at Large Strains: Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium Held in Stuttgart, Germany, 20-24 August 2001

This book gives state-of-the-art information about recent developments in the field of computational modeling of solid materials at finite strains. It contains papers presented at the 'IUTAM Symposium on Computational Mechanics of Solid Materials at Large Strains'. Today, computational methods and simulation techniques play a central role in advancing the understanding of complex material behavior. Material behavior is nowadays modeled in the strongly nonlinear range by taking into account finite strains, complex hysteresis effect, fracture phenomena and multiscale features. Progress in this field is of fundamental importance for many engineering disciplines, especially those concerned with material testing, safety, reliability and serviceability analyses of engineering structures. This book summarizes recent progress in the modeling of solid materials undergoing deformations large strains, where the mathematical and computational analysis is highly challenging due to the nonlinear geometry. A further key aspect of the volume is the modeling of multiscale characteristics of materials by homogenization approaches and variational methods. This volume provides a state of the art survey about theoretical and computational approaches to: modeling of large-strain elastic and inelastic deformations of solids on different length scales; mathematical analysis of finite inelastic deformations of solids based on incremental variational formulations for non-convex problems with microstructure developments; and, homogenization methods for the determination of effective overall properties of heterogeneous materials. This book allows researchers and engineers to get an excellent overview about the computational methods for solid materials at finite strains.