2001 Volume 44 Issue 1 Pages 45-56
A lower bound rigid plastic constitutive model for porous materials has been published recently, but its reliability and accuracy is still kept unknown. Therefore, this paper is confined to examine this model by comparing it with other ones such as the upper bound one and experimental-based one. Under three loading states (i.e. uniaxial stress condition, biaxial equal stress condition and uniaxial strain condition), the sintered copper’s ductility, compressibility, strength property, deformation characteristics, stress∼strain curves and damage evolution process predicted by these models are systematically compared. The advantage of the lower bound model in describing the yield property and its limitations in evaluating the ductility, compressibility, strength variation and damage evolution process of porous materials are clarified. Systematical analysis reveals that these limitations may be attributed to the short of void interaction mechanism in the lower bound model. This discovery lays the foundation for further improvement and modification of the lower bound model in the future research.