I am trying to write a UMAT in Abaqus to simulate non-linear visco-elastic material response based on the paper attached*below..

I have a small problem in understanding how the non-linear parameters (g0,g1,g2,a) of Schaperys equation (Ref pg 7) are calculated.. As I understand, they are functions of octahedral shear stress (sigma_bar) in the paper, which I think varies with applied stress (Correct me if I am wrong). Now here is where I dont understand..

In case I want to simulate relaxation test,*I give a steady heaviside jump stress of say 30Mpa, then stress tensor is constant, meaning octahedral shear stress is constant as well. That essentially makes nonlinear parameters constant for every time step.

I am pretty sure I am overseeing something..*Please correct my understanding..

Thanks for your time

Regards

Shree

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