Using internal stress arising from a spherically symmetric, finite plastic strain, creep of a hollow sphere subjected to inner and outer pressures, and also thermal stress, is discussed. If computer-aided numerical calculation method is used, creep is easily followed up to a finite plastic strain range including initial transient creep, whatever type of creep law is employed. If assumed in a steady state, creep rate, stress, small plastic strain leading to a stress state in steady creep, and another small plastic strain relaxing thermal stress are analytically obtained. Numerical method is also applicable to creep relaxation. Further, the origin of residual stress after unloading is clarified.

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