Efficient numerical strategies for an implicit volume fraction transfer scheme for single crystal plasticity including twinning and secondary plasticity on the example of magnesium

In this work an efficient algorithm for a fully implicit single crystal plasticity routine including twinning and secondary plasticity is presented and implemented for the example of magnesium. The material model uses the volume fraction transfer scheme for the evolution of twinning, that is, plastic slip in newly formed twins (“secondary plasticity”) is resolved. This is considered particularly important, if the volume fractions of some twins reach the order of magnitude of the parent phase. However the resolution of secondary plasticity also implies a large number of unknowns, which is significantly reduced by a newly proposed algorithm. For magnesium a hardening model based on basal, prismatic, pyramidal a and pyramidal c+a slip modes as well as a tension and a compression twinning mode and yields a total of 18 slip systems and 12 twinning systems. As a special feature of the proposed algorithm, the total amount of 246 unknowns, due to simultaneous slip in the parent phase and the twinned phases, is reduced to only 31 unknowns. Additionally, thermodynamic consistency is ensured by including the second law with the Clausius–Duhem equation, which considers the change of free energy upon twinning as an additional driving force for twinning. Further, the setup of the time discrete nonlinear equation system using midpoint rule, as well as the analytical solution of the algorithmic tangent are given in detail. Finally, the implemented model is tested in finite element simulations and compared to single- and polycrystal compression and tension experiments.


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