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plastic flow

deformation of a material that remains rigid under stresses of less than a certain intensity but that behaves under severer stresses approximately as a Newtonian fluid.
Also called plastic deformation.
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • Deep ruts can also result from lateral plastic flow of the mixture from the wheel tracks.
  • The plastic flow is thus carried out under certain applied loading conditions such as constant strain rates.
  • plastic flow chambers will be calibrated to field measured flow regimes.
  • As a result, yielding parallel to the grain does not induce plastic flow perpendicular to the grain.
  • Therefore, plastic flow decreases as rate effects increase.
  • Rather than removing material, heat is applied to the object and the stress is relieved by plastic flow.
  • At a high pressure, the stress is higher than the yield stress causing plastic flow.

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