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# Finite Elements in Analysis and Design 130 (2017) 1–11

## Finite Elements in Analysis and Design

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## Determining the reference geometry of plastically deformed material body MARK

Jia Lua, , Linlin Lib
a
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1527, USA
b
Suzhou Industrial Park Institute of Vocational Technology, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

A R T I C L E I N F O A BS T RAC T

Keywords: This article presents an inverse method for predicting the reference geometry of plastically deformed material
Inverse method body. The reference conﬁguration is found by solving an elastic-plastic boundary value problem to determine an
Inverse elastoplastic problem inverse deformation that maps the spatial material points back to their reference positions. Rate-type
Reference geometry elastoplastic constitutive laws are employed in the inverse analysis. When the stress exceeds the yield limit,
Plastic deformation
the plastic ﬂow is invoked and plastic variables are predicted. The ensuing stress ﬁeld satisﬁes equilibrium and
yield condition. However, the loading history is replicated only approximately and therefore the reference
conﬁguration is approximately recovered. The method is limited to a certain family of deformations. In this
work, we restrict the method to problems involving monotonic loading and moderately large deformations.
Numerical examples demonstrate that the method is eﬀective and reasonably accurate for such problems.

## 1. Introduction membrane theory to describe the mechanical behavior of thin metal

sheets and implemented a one-step scheme to obtain the solution
Finding the reference geometry of a ﬁnitely deforming material [20,19,26]. Bending eﬀect was incorporated by using shell theory
body is of great interest to many engineering applications. For elastic [21,25] and three dimensional constitutive laws . These works
material, this problem has been well-studied. Yamada  and mostly adopted the deformation theory of plasticity which assumes that
Govindjee et al [2,3] pioneered an inverse method that directly solves each material point undergoes proportional loading and the axes of the
the equilibrium boundary value problem for the reference conﬁgura- strain are ﬁxed. To better capture the history eﬀect, multi-step schemes
tion, and this approach has led to ﬁnite element implementations that which admitted the proportional loading assumption stepwise were
are similar to standard forward elements [2–8]. Structural inverse introduced [18,21,25]. Lately this inverse approach has been utilized in
problems have also been investigated [9–12]. Recently, the inverse forging applications .
method ﬁnds applications in biomedical analysis to deal with problems The inverse formulation based on the deformation theory of
for which only deformed conﬁgurations are known at the onset plasticity was found to give good strain estimation but poor stress
[13,10,14,6,15]. It was reported that, for some biological systems, the prediction. To improve the stress estimation a pseudo-inverse ap-
inverse method also helps to address the issue of lack of information of proach was developed by Guo et al [29–33]. In this approach,
material properties [16,17]. geometrically realistic intermediate conﬁgurations were introduced.
Theoretically, elastoplastic deformations are history dependent and The inverse method was used to adjust the intermediate conﬁgurations
thus the inverse problem is not well-posed. The inverse solution is not succeedingly starting from the ﬁnal conﬁguration. The ﬂow theory of
unique unless the loading history or the plastic strain in the deformed plasticity and also damage theory were utilized in the inverse update
state is known. Nonetheless, there has been a strong practical interest process.
in the inverse elastoplastic problems. In the sheet metal forming The contributions cited above demonstrated the usefulness of
community, a large body of work has been devoted to determining inverse analysis in forming applications. However, since the deforma-
the initial blank geometry of workpieces based on a target ﬁnal tion theory was adopted mostly, the material was treated algorithmi-
geometry using inverse analysis [18–25]. The hallmark of these works cally as elastic. Also, certain prior information about the shape of the
is to solve the equilibrium boundary value problem inversely to initial and/or intermediate conﬁgurations was incorporated in the
determine the initial geometry. Early developments mostly employed analysis and these conditions are pertinent only to forming or forging

Corresponding author.

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Received 22 June 2016; Received in revised form 27 November 2016; Accepted 10 February 2017
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applications. It remains unclear how well an elastoplastic deformation f≔∂xΦ(x , t ) is the inverse of the forward deformation gradient
can be inversely predicted in a general setting. An attempt towards F≔∂ Xφ(X, t ). If, during the inverse solution process the stress is found
solving inverse elastoplastic problem using the algorithmic framework to exceed a given elastic limit, the problem cannot be treated as elastic.
of [1,2] was reported in Germain et al. . The authors demonstrated An elastoplastic constitutive law is then invoked.
that when the plastic variables are known a priori the inverse approach We focus on rate-independent plastic behavior described by the
can be used to recover the reference geometry. This ﬁnding under- ﬁnite strain elasto-plasticity theory presented in, e.g. [37–39]. This
scored the fact the elastoplastic inverse problem is ill-posted. The theory treats an elastoplastic material as a family of elastic materials
inverse solution is not unique unless the plastic variables, or alter- parameterized by plastic variables. In particular, we will utilize
natively the loading path, are given. In reality, the plastic variables are constitutive forms that take a metric-like plastic deformation tensor
unknown at the onset. To cope with this issue, the authors introduced a Cp as a primitive plastic variable [40,41]. For the model employed later
recursive process [35,36] consisting of iterative loops of inverse and in the simulation, the plastic variables include the tensor Cp and an
forward analyses using the inverse computation to predict the refer- equivalent plastic strain, ep. At ﬁxed plastic variables, the stress is
ence geometry and the forward analysis to engage the plastic ﬂow. In given by a (hyperelastic) function of Cauchy-Green deformation tensor
each loop, an inverse step is carried out ﬁrst, with plastic variables ﬁxed C and the plastic variables. The admissible stress lies in a (convex)
at their current value. This is followed by a forward step applied on the region in the stress space bounded by a yield surface. If the stress tends
predicted reference geometry to generate the plastic variables. In to penetrate the yield surface, plastic ﬂow is activated to bring the
essence, this is an operator-splitting scheme which splits the inverse stress back to the yield surface.
problem into two sub-problems: determining the reference geometry In the numerical solution the elastoplastic constitutive equation is
and determining the plastic variables. The plastic ﬂow is introduced in handled in essentially the same manner as in the forward analysis.
the forward step to recover the loading path. Given a predicted reference conﬁguration at time step n + 1, the
In this work, we explore a direct approach of inverse analysis for deformation tensor is computed from
elastoplastic materials governed by the ﬂow theory of plasticity. The
fn +1 = ∂xΦn +1, Cn +1 = f −n +1
T −1
f n +1 (2)
given information is the current geometry, applied forces and materi-
al's constitutive law. The unknowns are the reference geometry and A trial stress STr
is computed using the strain Cn+1 and the current
n +1
plastic variables in the current state. We propose to use the elasto- plastic variables. If the trial stress satisﬁes the yield condition, then
plastic constitutive law directly in the framework of [2,3]. When the Sn +1 = STr
n +1 and plastic variables remain intact. Otherwise, a return
stress is found to exceed the yield limit, the plastic ﬂow is invoked and mapping is performed to project the stress back and update the plastic
the plastic variables are predicted. The analysis will yield a reference variables. Note that the plastic tensor Cp is a ﬁeld variable deﬁned in
conﬁguration and a set of plastic variables. The ensuing stress satisfy the (iteratively determined) reference conﬁguration and it predicted
equilibrium and yield condition. However, since the analysis starts with along with the latter. The yield condition is enforced at every step and
the current geometry, the actual strain history is not replicated and hence the stress satisﬁes the yield condition at the end.
thus the analysis can only yield approximate solutions. The premise is, Although the treatment of elastoplastic response is algorithmically
if the inverse “loading path” is somehow close to the actual loading the same as in the forward analysis, there is a fundamental diﬀerence:
history, the inverse solution is expected to be reasonably accurate. The the stain history (e.g. the loading path) is inferred from the inverse
method, therefore, is not a general approach but limited to a certain deformation. In general, the inverse strain history cannot be the same
family of elastic-plastic deformations for which the strain history can as the forward one, and thus, the actual loading path is not exactly
be reasonably replicated in the inverse process. Here, we focus on replicated. The diﬀerence in the strain history is the root cause for the
problems involving monotonic loading and moderately large deforma- inverse solution to be approximate. A pre-requisite for the method to
tions. The rationale will be explained later. work is that the inverse loading path remains somehow close to the
The remainder of the article is organized as follows. To set the forward one. Under this circumstance, we expect that the predicted
stage, the inverse elastoplastic boundary value problem is brieﬂy reference conﬁguration and plastic variables are reasonably accurate.
described in Section 2. A ﬁnite element formulation is outlined in Below, we speculate some conditions for the loading paths to be close.
Section 3. The formulation utilizes existing material models and A rigorous error analysis is beyond the scope of this work.
therefore only the element level computation is presented. Numerical
a line between the starting and end points in the strain space. This
2. Inverse elastoplastic problem path depends largely on the end points, and thus is more likely to be
reproduced in the inverse process. Physically, since there is no
material body based on the knowledge of (1) a deformed conﬁguration prominent. Note that although the monotonicity condition seems
of the body, (2) the applied body force, (3) boundary conditions restrictive, there is a wide range of practical problems that can ﬁt
including Cauchy traction data and displacement data, and (4) the into this category. For example, most forming or casting processes
constitutive law of the material. As alluded earlier, the approach is to are essentially monotonic; the deformation increases continuously,
determine the inverse deformation by solving the following boundary bearing little or no reversal loading.
value problem: ﬁnd the inverse motion Φ: Ω ↦ ) ∈ R3 such that 2. Moderately large deformation. Another restriction is that the
deformation cannot be arbitrarily large. In elastoplastic analysis
σij, j + bi = 0 in Ω
the solution is typically obtained incrementally. In the inverse
Φ=Φ on ∂Ωu approach, the predicted conﬁguration at an intermediate step tn is
σijnj = ti on ∂Ωt . a partially recovered reference conﬁguration, in contrast to a
(1)
partially deformed current conﬁguration in the forward analysis.
Here σ is the Cauchy stress, bi is a component of the body force per unit The stress in the forward analysis satisﬁes equilibrium on the
current volume, ti is a component of the prescribed boundary traction, partially deformed current conﬁguration, whereas the stress in the
Ω is the given current conﬁguration, and ) is the sought reference inverse analysis always achieves equilibrium on the given, full
conﬁguration. The inverse deformation Φ(x , t ) is the kinematic inverse current conﬁguration. The intermediate stresses are diﬀerent from
of the forward deformation φ(X, t ) at any ﬁxed time. The gradient the equilibrium perspective. If the deformation is too large, the

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Fig. 1. One-step results. (a) The reference (unshaded) and current conﬁguration (shaded) in the loop analysis; (b) Conﬁguration error plotted on the predicted reference; (c) Forward
prediction of J2; (d) Forward prediction of the Equivalent plastic strain, ep. The inverse solutions of ep and J2 are exactly the same as the forward counterparts.

inverse and forward stress histories could be too far apart to render a ΔG = ∫Ω δ E: jep : [ − C∇UF]S − 2δ E: [j∇UFS]S
good result.
+ (δ E: j S)tr(GradU) dv (4)
As a side note, if an elastoplastic problem can be solved in a single S
Here, [·] denotes the symmetric part of the tensor [·]. The linearized
load step, the inverse solution is expected to be exact, in the sense that
week form can also be represented in the following spatial form 
it exactly reverts the forward displacement and recovers the plastic
variables. This is because, algorithmically, the stress response is driven ΔG = ∫Ω ∇S δ u: ep : [ − F∇U]S − 2∇S δ u: [F∇Uσ ]S
by the end strain and there is no history eﬀect. There is also no
limitation on the magnitude of deformation as long as the solution + (∇S δ u: σ )tr(GradU) dv (5)
converges. ep ep T T
where  is the spatial tangent tensor,  = jFF F F , and σ is the
ep

## Cauchy stress, σ = jFSFT . Introducing the following B-matrices:

Nel Nel Nel
3. Finite element formulation ∇S δ u = ∑ BI δ uI , [F∇U]S = ∑ BFI UI , [F∇Uσ ]S = ∑ BGI [σ ]UI
I =1 I =1 I =1 (6)
The inverse ﬁnite element formulation is based on the weak form we obtain the expression of the element stiﬀness matrix

G≔ ∫Ω δ E: j S dv − < fext, δ u > = 0 KIJ = ∫v − BTI epBFJ − 2BTI BGJ [σ ] + (BTI σ )GradT NJ dv
e (7)
⎡ ∂N ∂N ∂N ⎤
Here, E is the Cauchy-Green strain, S is the second Piola-Kirchhoﬀ Here GradT NJ = ⎢ ∂XJ ∂XJ ∂XJ ⎥. The explicit expressions of the B-opera-
⎣ 1 2 3⎦
stress, δE is the variation of E induced by a kinematically
tors can be found in Ref. .
admissible variation δu to the current conﬁguration, and
As a working plasticity model, the ﬁnite strain isotropic plasticity
<fext , δ u > = ∫ b·δ u dv + ∫ t ·δ u da . The stress power is integrated
Ω ∂Ω t theory in Ref.  was employed in this work. The constitutive
over the given current conﬁguration Ω and thus the volume factor description is based on a multiplicative decomposition of deformation
j = detf is included. The operator ‘:’ stands for tensor contraction, gradient, leading to the elastic Finger tensor be = FC−1 T
p F . The strain
A: B = AIJ BIJ . The weak form yields a set of nonlinear algebraic energy is a quadratic function of the (logarithmic) elastic strain
equations for the nodal values of Φ , which is subsequently linearized 1
ϵe = 2 logbe . The basic equations are summarized below.
with respect to the increment of Φ . Let U: Ω ↦ R3 be an incremental
inverse displacement. The increment of G is computed using Gateaux Stress function τ = 2μϵe + λ trϵe1
d
diﬀerential ΔG(Φ, ·) = dε G(Φ + εU, ·), giving 2
ε=0 Yield condition f = ∥ τdev ∥ − σy
3
ΔG = ∫Ω δ E: j ∂∂ES : ΔE + Δ(δ E): j S + (δ E: S)Δj dv (3) or f = ∥ τdev ∥ +
β
trτ −
2
σy
3 3
In writing ΔG as above it is assumed that the external forces do not ∂f 2
Flow rule 3 vbe = − 2γ nbe , n≔ e˙p = γ
depend on the reference conﬁguration. If they do, their increments ∂τ 3
should be considered. The material tangent tensor ∂S is denoted as ep
∂E Hardening rule σy = σy0 + hisoep (8)
hereafter. Invoking δ E = FT ∇S δ uF and carrying out the computations,
˙ T
p F , τ = FSF is the Kirchhoﬀ stress and τdev is the
Here 3 vbe = F C−1 T
it was found that 

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Fig. 2. Multi-step results. (a) Current conﬁguration (shaded) and the predicted reference (mesh); (b) Conﬁguration error; (c) Forward ep; (d) Inverse ep; (e), Forward J2; (f) Inverse J2;
(g). ep error; (h). J2 error.

deviatoric part of τ . The ﬂow rule leads to the following plastic update
Table 1
Errors of configuration and some state variables. algorithm in the logarithmic strain space:
Tr
Case err (σ ) err(ep) err(J2) err(conf) ϵen +1 = ϵen +1 − Δγn

Tr 1 −1 T
Cantilever, one step 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 where ϵen +1 = 2 log(Fn +1C pnF n +1). The return mapping algorithm was
Cantilever, multi-step 2.65E-2 6.47E-3 5.35E-3 6.85E-3 detailed in Ref.  and further discussed in Ref. . Brieﬂy, the
Bar, 90° rotation 3.21E-2 4.13E-2 1.81E-2 2.52E-2 return mapping is carried out in the principal space of be . In this space,
Bar, 180° rotation 7.26E-2 8.32E-2 4.48E-2 3.31E-2
the computational structure of the inﬁnitesimal J2 plasticity is com-
Disk compression 2.76E-2 7.74E-2 9.76E-3 1.08E-2
Thermal loading 3.37E-2 4.83E-3 7.14E-3 7.34E-3 pletely preserved. The material function returns the Cauchy stress σ
and the algorithmic spatial tangent tensor ep , which are directly

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## passed to the element level computation.

4. Numerical examples

## Loop tests were conducted to evaluate the inverse method. In a loop

test, a forward analysis was conducted to produce a current conﬁgura-
tion and a set of plastic variables. Subsequently, an inverse analysis was
performed using only the current conﬁguration as input. The plastic
variables were initialized to zero, and re-predicted. The forward and
inverse solutions were compared. Scaled error norms were computed
to quantify the diﬀerence in state variables:

∫Ω ∥ Δ(·)∥ dv
err (·) =
∫Ω ∥(·)∥ dv

Here Δ(·) stands for the diﬀerence between the forward and the inverse
solutions. The conﬁguration error was deﬁned slightly diﬀerently by
normalizing the diﬀerence against the forward displacement u :

∫Ω ∥ XGiven − XPredicted ∥ dv
err (conf ) =
∫Ω ∥ u ∥ dv

The contours of the errors of equivalent plastic strain ep, the stress
invariant J2, and the conﬁguration were plotted in each example. The
norms are reported in a single table at the end of this section.

4.1. Cantilever

## A cantilever problem was introduced primarily to demonstrate the

diﬀerence between single-step and multiple-step solutions. This was
the only example wherein the solution converged in a single load step.
The length and height of the beam were 10 and 1 units of length,
respectively. A downward force of 0.02 units was applied at the right
Fig. 3. Histories of plastic strain and stress component σ1 at the Gauss point in the left- tip. The left bottom node was ﬁxed, and other nodes on the left edge
upper corner.
were allowed to move vertically. The material parameters were set to be

Fig. 4. Twisting of the bar at two levels of deformation. Upper row: 90° rotation. Lower row: 180° rotation. Left column: deformed conﬁgurations; Middle column: Predicted reference
conﬁgurations; Right column: conﬁguration error plotted on the reference conﬁguration.

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Fig. 5. Comparison of forward and inverse solutions. (a) Forward J2; (b) Inverse J2; (c) J2 error; (d) Forward equivalent plastic strain, ep; (e) Inverse ep, (f) ep error.

## A square cross section bar ﬁxed at one end and subjected to a

torque at the other end was considered. The length of the bar was 10
units and the cross section width was 1 unit. A forward analysis was
performed to generate a deformed conﬁguration. This analysis was
displacement driven; a rigid rotation around the longitudinal axis was
applied on the rotating end with the longitudinal displacement con-
strained. The reaction forces at the peak twist were recorded. The
inverse analysis was force-driven; the rotational displacement at the
loading end was replaced by the nodal reaction forces recorded in the
forward analysis. The forces were proportionally applied keeping theirs
directions ﬁxed. In eﬀect, they generated a torque that was propor-
tionally applied to the bar. The other end remained ﬁxed. In both
analyses the load was divided into 100 steps. The material parameters
were the same as the previous example. Two levels of deformation, a
90° and a 180° rotation, were considered. The maximum (logarithmic)
Fig. 6. Schematics of example 4.3. strains were found to be 0.0625 and 0.1260, respectively.
The given and predicted conﬁgurations are presented in Fig. 4. It
μ = 38.46, λ = 57.69 σy0 = 0.2, hiso = 5 can be seen that the reference conﬁguration was accurately recovered
in both cases. The conﬁguration error is slightly skewed towards the
All units are assumed to be consistent. loading end. The plastic strain ep and the invariant J2 are shown in
A single load step. When the problem was solved using a single load Fig. 5 along with the error contours. Note that forward solutions of
step, an exact reversion was obtained. Fig. 1 shows the conﬁgurations state variables are symmetric in the longitudinal direction whereas the
and contours of ep and J2. The inverse and the forward solutions are inverse solutions are not. This is expected because the boundary
exactly the same therefore only the forward results are plotted. The conditions are no longer symmetric in the inverse analysis. The error
1
maximum strain, ∥ 2 logC ∥max , is 0.0766. The vertical displacement at norms are reported in Table 1. The error norms at 180° rotation
the tip is 3.58 units of length. approximately double those at 90° rotation. When the bar was rotated
Multiple load steps. The same problem was solved in ten load steps. further, the error increased and a linear correlation was observed. The
The solution is not exact; the conﬁguration error is shown in Fig. 2 derails are omitted.
along with contours of state variables and their diﬀerences. The error
norms are reported in Table 1.
To show the diﬀerences in solution paths, the histories of ep and σ1 4.3. Compression of a disk
at a Gauss point are plotted in Fig. 3. Notably, the plastic strains are
closer near the two ends of the loading path, but more distanced in the A circular disk of unit radius was compressed by two sets of rigid
middle. The stress exhibits a similar trend, although the diﬀerence at blocks to a maximum displacement of 5% of the radius (Fig. 6). Due to
the high strain end is larger than that of the lower strain end. symmetry, only a quarter of the disk was analyzed. The contact

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Fig. 7. Disk compression: (a) Current conﬁguration (shade) and the reference conﬁguration (mesh); (b) Conﬁguration error; (c) Forward ep; (d) Inverse ep; (e) Forward J2; (f) Inverse
J2; (g) ep error; (h) J2 error.

condition between the blocks and the disk was enforced using an μ = 344.83, λ = 3103.45,
augmented Lagrangian method. Symmetry conditions were applied on
σy0 = 10.00, hiso = 1.00
the left and upper edges of the analysis domain. A plane strain
condition was imposed. The following material parameters were used:
In the forward analysis the displacement was applied (on the blocks)

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Fig. 8. Thermal plastic deformation. Upper row: Inverse prediction of the reference geometry. (a) The targeted conﬁguration; (b) The intermediate conﬁguration; (c) The predicted
reference conﬁguration. Lower row: forward veriﬁcation. (d) Reference conﬁguration, the same geometry as (c); (e) The conﬁguration after elastic-plastic heating; (f) The end
conﬁguration after elastic cooling; (g) Conﬁguration error – the diﬀerence in geometry between (a) and (f). The lower row is supposed to be the inverse process of the upper row.

in ten steps. At each step, the nodal contact forces exerted on the disk The reference conﬁguration was recovered to a good accuracy. The
were recorded. The deformed conﬁguration at the peak compression was predicted conﬁguration is show in Fig. 7 along with some state
used as the input geometry for the inverse analysis. The inverse solution variables. Error norms are reported in Table 1. The maximum
was transformed into force-driven; the contact constraints were replaced logarithmic strain for this problem is 0.1810. The average strain is
by the contact forces retrieved from the forward analysis. The symmetry approximately 0.06.
boundary condition on the left and upper edges remained intact. The
contact forces were applied step by step in the sequence they were 4.4. Thermal plastic deformation
recorded. In this problem, it was proved critical to use the contact force
history instead of the reaction at the peak load. When the latter was used, A cylindrical tube under thermal loading was analyzed. The tube
the inverse solution was less accurate. was heated from a room temperature of T0 = 25 °C to 425 °C, and

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Fig. 9. Comparison of state variables in the heated conﬁguration. (a) Inverse ep; (b) Forward ep; (c) Inverse J2; (d) Forward J2; (d) ep error; (f) J2 error.

cooled to the room temperature. The top and bottom surfaces were β 2
f = ∥ τdev ∥ + trτ − g(T )σy
ﬁxed. During the heating phase plastic deformation occurred, resulting 3 3
in changes in both shape and volume. A thermal-elastoplastic consti-
tutive law was adopted. The stress function reads The return mapping algorithm of this model can be found . The
following material parameters were used:
τ = 2g(T )μϵdev + g(T )λ(logJe − α(T − T0 ))1
μ = 357, λ = 1428, α = 0.0003,
where T is the temperature, α is the thermal expansion coeﬃcient, σy0 = 5, hiso = 10, β = 0.05
Je = detbe , and g(T) is a function describing the temperature depen-
T − T0
dence of the elastic properties. Here, g(T ) = e− 800 . To accomondate Unlike the other examples which took a loaded conﬁguration as given,
plasticity-induced volume change, a Drucker-Prager model was em- here we assumed that the conﬁguration after the heating-cooling cycle
ployed: was known (or targeted). This conﬁguration was plastically deformed
and residually stressed, but not loaded. The goal was to design the
reference geometry so that a target geometry was obtained after the

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heating-cooling cycle. The target geometry was a perfect cylindrical suggests that the method may be applicable to up to 10–15% strain for
tube; the inner and out radii and the length were 1.2, 2.4, and 5 units, mechanical problems and higher for thermal strain problems.
phase over which plastic deformation was accumulated, followed by an Acknowledgements
elastic cooling phase. The cooling phase was elastic because the stress
level reduced and thus stress points moved towards the interior of the The second author (LL) was supported by Jiangsu Overseas
elastic region. No new plastic deformation was generated in this phase. Research and Training Program for University Prominent Young and
A two-phase analysis was employed to predict the reference Middle-aged Teachers and Presidents. This work was initiated when
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