Theory and Simulation
DAMASK started out as material subroutine for commercial Finite Element Software. Later it was complemented by a so called spectral solver, which serves as a fast alternative to the FEM for the simulation of Representative Volume Elements (RVEs). Currently DAMASK is extended to a multi-field solver to take into account multi-physics problems, e.g. thermal effects or damage. DAMASK is distributed as freeware according to GPL3 and can be downloaded from damask.mpie.de, where you also find a lot more detailed information.
As mentioned before the main scientific focus of the group is the development of advanced constitutive models. One such model is an analytical model for TWIP steels  that was developed in the framework of SFB 761 'steel ab initio'. This model is an extension of the 3 internal variable model developed earlier by Roters  and its key feature is a physical description for twin nucleation and growth. It is build on the twin model of Mahajan and Chin  and uses the stacking fault energy as an important input parameter, which can be derived from ab initio calculations. A modified version of this model has been implemented in the framework of crystal plasticity, i.e. is part of DAMASK, and was recently extended to also account for the TRIP effect.
A second constitutive model incorporates the dislocation flux into the state evolution equations. The model distinguishes positive and negative edge and screw dislocations. In case of heterogeneous deformation the then unbalanced dislocation fluxes automatically lead to the creation of so called geometrically necessary dislocations, i.e. an unbalanced number of positive and negative dislocations of one kind. In this way the additional hardening due to deformation gradients is taken into account. The model has very successfully been applied to simulate a wedge indentation experiment .
- F. Roters, P. Eisenlohr, L. Hantcherli, D. D. Tjahjanto, T. R. Bieler, D. Raabe: Overview of constitutive laws, kinematics, homogenization and multiscale methods in crystal plasticity Finite-element modeling: Theory, experiments, applications, Acta Materialia 58 (2010) 1152 - 1211
- F. Roters, P. Eisenlohr, C. Kords, D.D. Tjahjanto, M. Diehl, D. Raabe: DAMASK: the Düsseldorf Advanced MAterial Simulation Kit for studying crystal plasticity using an FE based or a spectral numerical solver, IUTAM Symposium on Linking Scales in Computations: From Microstructure to Macro-scale Properties, Procedia IUTAM 3 (2012) 3 - 10
- D. R. Steinmetz, T. Jäpel, B. Wietbrock, P. Eisenlohr, I. Gutierrez-Urrutia, A. Saeed-Akbari, T. Hickel, F. Roters, D. Raabe: Revealing the strain-hardening behavior of twinning-induced plasticity steels: Theory, simulations, experiments, Acta Materialia 61 (2013) 494 - 510
- F. Roters, D. Raabe, G. Gottstein: Work hardening in heterogeneous alloys - a microstructural approach based on three internal state variables, Acta Materialia 48 (2000) 4181 - 4189
- S. Mahajan, G. Y. Chin: Formation of deformation twins in fcc crystals, Acta Metallurgica, 21 (1973) 1353 – 1363
- C. Reuber, P. Eisenlohr, F. Roters, D. Raabe: Dislocation density distribution around an indent in single-crystalline nickel: Comparing nonlocal crystal plasticity Finite-element predictions with experiments, Acta Materialia 71 (2014) 333 - 348