in Prague, Czech Republic, on 15-19
This course provides an overview of modeling approaches used in the
mechanics of inelastic materials and structures, with special attention
to the objective description of highly localized deformation modes such
as cracks or shear bands. In 2014 it attracted 21
participants from 9 European countries. The course is one of the RILEM
Introduction: notation, fundamentals of
algebra, basic types of inelastic material behavior, principles of
incremental-iterative nonlinear analysis.
physical motivation, basic equations in one dimension, extension to
multiaxial stress, postulate of maximum plastic dissipation, associated
and nonassociated plastic flow, hardening and softening, tangent
mechanics: stress concentration around defects,
asymptotic fields in the vicinity of a crack tip, local and global
criteria for crack propagation, fracture toughness and fracture energy,
nonlinear process zone, cohesive crack models.
mechanics: physical motivation, basic equations in one
dimension, isotropic damage models, smeared crack models, anisotropic
damage models based on principles of strain equivalence and of
energy equivalence, damage
deactivation due to crack closure, combination of damage and plasticity.
localization: physical aspects, structural size effect,
conditions of stability and uniqueness, discontinuous bifurcation,
incipient weak discontinuity,
localization analysis based on acoustic tensor, loss of ellipticity and
its mathematical and numerical consequences, classification of models
for localized inelastic behavior, mesh-adjusted softening modulus
(crack band approach).
models: classification of enriched continuum
theories, nonlocal formulations of the integral type, explicit and
implicit gradient formulations, continua with
microstructure, localization analysis, implementation aspects,
discontinuity models: cohesive crack and cohesive zone
models, finite elements with
discontinuities (embedded crack models, extended finite elements),
implementation aspects and examples. A pdf file with the presentation
can be downloaded from here.
The course is designed for graduate students at the doctoral
level, but it can be equally useful to motivated
students, post-doctoral researchers, or senior researchers who are not
specialists in this field. Similar courses were given by the lecturer
at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (1998), Czech
Technical University in Prague (1998), Universität
(1998), Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule in Aachen
(1999), Universität der Bundeswehr in Munich (2000), and
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona (2002). In its
current format, the course has been taught in Prague every year since
Prerequisites: fundamentals of elasticity, plasticity and finite
A sample chapter of the lecture
notes is available for
free downloading. Note that this excerpt is taken from a rather old
of the lecture notes. The material distributed at the course has been
updated and extended. The complete set of lecture notes has about 300
pages in a dense format.
Registration on Monday, September 15, from 8:15-9:00.
Morning sessions 9:00-10:15 and 10:45-12:00.
Afternoon sessions 14:00-15:15 and 15:45-17:00.
The last session on Friday afternoon will be reserved for general
The registration fee of 550 EUR covers admission to lectures, a
notes and handouts, and refreshments during coffee breaks. All
receive a certificate of attendance.
For preliminary registration, please send an email to Milan.Jirasek@fsv.cvut.cz.
affiliation (university or company), VAT number of the institution to
which the invoice should be addressed, postal address and
email address. Please specify whether you need a printed invoice
airmail, or whether an electronic invoice in a PDF file
sent by e-mail is sufficient. The registration becomes confirmed when
of the registration fee by bank transfer is received.
If the registration is canceled before 15 August 2014, the
registration fee will be refunded after deduction of bank processing
fees. After this date, no refunds are possible, but you can transfer
your registration to a colleague from the same institute or company, or
use it next year.
The course capacity is limited to 30 participants. The
applications will be treated on the first-come-first-served basis.
Meals and accommodation
Lunches are available in the university restaurant (mensa) at 3-4
EUR, or in nearby restaurants.
The course will be given on the campus of the Czech Technical University
6 - Dejvice, near the terminal station Dejvicka of underground (metro)
A. The participants are advised to book their
accommodation in Prague 6, or in a hotel close to any metro station.
Prague offers a wide range of
facilities from student hostels to luxury hotels. You will certainly
find suitable accommodation using the TripAdvisor. It is recommended
to book it as soon as possible, since September
is still the top season in Prague.
The course participants usually get together for lunch on Monday
and for dinner on Thursday (not included in the registration fee, but
the price is affordable andCzech
The lectures will take place in room B367 of the Faculty of
Civil Engineering, street address Thákurova
Click here for photographs showing
way from the metro terminal Dejvicka to the lecture room.