Homogenization based macroscopic model of phase transformations and cyclic plasticity in pearlitic steel
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2022

In this contribution macroscopic modeling of phase transformations and mechanical behavior of low alloy steels are developed and investigated. Such modeling is of importance in simulations of transient thermo-mechanical processes which can cause phase transformations, examples from the railway industry include train braking induced frictional heating as well as rail grinding and welding operations. We adopt a modeling approach which includes phase transformation kinetics and individual constitutive models for the phases in combination with different homogenization methods. Algorithmic implementations of the isostrain, isostress and self-consistent homogenization methods are presented and demonstrated in finite element simulations of a laser heating experiment. Stress field results from the different homogenization methods are compared against each other and also against experimental data. The importance of including transformation induced plasticity in the modeling is highlighted, as well as the multi-phase stages of the heating and cooling.

Cyclic plasticity


multi-phase steel

residual stress

phase transformation


Björn Andersson

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Material- och beräkningsmekanik

Johan Ahlström

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Konstruktionsmaterial

Magnus Ekh

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Material- och beräkningsmekanik

Lennart Josefson

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Material- och beräkningsmekanik

Journal of Thermal Stresses

0149-5739 (ISSN) 1521-074X (eISSN)

Vol. In Press

In2Track-2 (CHARMEC EU19)

Trafikverket, 2018-11-01 -- 2021-10-31.

Europeiska kommissionen (EU) (EC/H2020/826255), 2018-11-01 -- 2021-10-31.


Teknisk mekanik

Annan materialteknik

Metallurgi och metalliska material



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