This paper examines the stress concentration, the yielding process, and the growth of the elastic-plastic boundary as a function of applied torque in tubular specimens with a short thin-walled section. Although the analysis is entirely quasi-static, it can, under the proper circumstances, be applied to the deformation of short specimens as generally used for dynamic testing in the torsional Kolsky bar. In the analysis, the governing equations for both elastic and elastic-plastic analyses are presented, the latter taking into account work hardening. Numerical solutions of these equations employ the finite-element method. The elastic stress distribution in the specimen and the elastic-plastic enclaves are presented for various loading stages.

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