Constitutive model with strain softening

Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, U.S.A.
International Journal of Solids and Structures 01/1987; DOI: 10.1016/0020-7683(87)90076-X

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