This monograph presents
approaches to characterize inelastic behavior of materials and structures at
high temperature. Starting from experimental observations, it discusses basic
features of inelastic phenomena including creep, plasticity, relaxation, low
cycle and thermal fatigue.
The authors formulate constitutive equations to describe the inelastic response
for the given states of stress and microstructure. They introduce evolution
equations to capture hardening, recovery, softening, ageing and damage processes.
Principles of continuum mechanics and thermodynamics are presented to provide a
framework for the modeling materials behavior with the aim of structural
analysis of high-temperature engineering components.