The purpose of the journal is to report original research on all aspects of plastic deformation
behaviour of isotropic
as well as anisotropic solids
, including the thermodynamics
of plasticity and fracture, continuum
, and macroscopic as well as microscopic phenomena.
The topics of interest include plastic behaviour
of single crystals
and polycrystalline metals, ceramics, rocks and soils, composites, nanocrystalline and microelectronics materials, shape memory
alloys, ferroelectric ceramics, thin films and polymers, as well as plasticity
aspects of failure and fracture mechanics.
Significant experimental, numerical or theoretical contributions advancing the understanding of plastic behaviour of solids are of special
interest, together with studies relating macroscopic to the microscopic behaviour of solids. Papers on modeling of finite nonlinear elastic
deformation, with similarities to modeling of plastic deformation, are also welcome.
The Journal will contain research papers, review
articles, research notes, letters to the editor
and academic advertisements (books, journals, conferences, and symposia). Strain-rate dependent and strain-rate independent constitutive
models to predict observed phemonena during quasi-static, dynamic or cyclic thermo-mechanical loading, behaviour of granular or porous
solids under high confining pressures and at high temperatures, multiscale modeling of various deformation mechanisms (dislocation, twinning,
and phase transformation), and models with capability for predicting the behaviour of composite materials based onknown plastic behaviour
of matrix and fibers in such materials, are some examples of the main themes of this journal. Revealing applications of the new models
of plasticity, including modelling of the observed phenomena in metal forming processes are also of interest.