ABSTRACT A simulation study of effect of stress on mild steel microstructure has revealed stress loops at
areas of stress application which are believed to be the root cause of the ductile failure
morphology (cup and cone) in ductile alloys under plane strain conditions. The areas of
concentration of these stress loops were observed to be that of subsequent instability (or
necking) observed in mild steel and other materials of low friction (flow) stress. Shear stress
loops with angular bearing of 450 to the tensile axis were observed to instigate both the failure
site and shear morphology in these materials. In plane stress conditions, shear was seen to be
that of a wave shape running obliquely to area of stress application resulting in oblique necking
observed in thin mild steel sheets.
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