Inserted: 11 jul 2016
Last Updated: 11 jul 2016
We consider a thermodynamically consistent model for thermoviscoplasticity. For the related PDE system, coupling the heat equation for the absolute temperature, the momentum balance with viscosity and inertia for the displacement variable, and the flow rule for the plastic strain, we propose two weak solvability concepts, `entropic' and `weak energy' solutions, where the highly nonlinear heat equation is suitably formulated. Accordingly, we prove two existence results by passing to the limit in a carefully devised time discretization scheme.
Furthermore, we study the asymptotic behavior of weak energy solutions as the rate of the external data becomes slower and slower, which amounts to taking the vanishing viscosity and inertia limit of the system. We prove their convergence to a global energetic solution to the Prandtl-Reuss model for perfect plasticity, whose evolution is `energetically' coupled to that of the (spatially constant) limiting temperature.