This article discusses the microstructural processes that take place during plastic deformation and presents a plain phenomenological and general description of the cyclic stress-strain (CSS) response. It emphasizes the microstructural aspects of cyclic loading on single-phase materials tested in initially soft, dislocation-poor conditions resulting from a prior heat treatment. The article discusses deformation-induced phase transformations in austenitic stainless steels and commercial age-hardened aluminum alloys. It describes the interaction of dislocations and the strengthening of second-phase particles. The article also provides a description of the framework used to model the CSS response on a physical basis.
Hans-Jürgen Christ, Cyclic Stress-Strain Response and Microstructure, Fatigue and Fracture, Vol 19, ASM Handbook, ASM International, 1996, p 73–95, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.hb.v19.a0002354
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