For power-law hardening materials, a stress resultant constitutive law of incremental plasticity nature for thin plates is constructed. The yield function in the stress resultant space is approximated in quadratic form and an equivalent stress resultant is defined. One of two parameters in the yield function is analytically determined based on the concept of complementary potential surface. The other is determined by the least square method to fit the complementary potential surface of Chou et al., (1991). In analogy to the work of Hill (1979), the equivalent work-conjugate generalized plastic strain rate is derived. Finally, the hardening rule between the equivalent stress resultant and generalized plastic strain is obtained based on the results of Chou et al. (1991) for power-law materials under proportional straining conditions.

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