This paper addresses stability and bifurcation analysis for common systems of solids in the framework of plasticity, of friction and of fracture mechanics. Although physically different, usual time-independent laws adopted in these domains lead to a certain mathematical similarity concerning the quasi-static behaviour of materials and structures. These mechanical systems can be described practically in the same mathematical manner concerning their quasi-static evolution and in particular concerning the stability of their response. Our objective is to present within this framework a review of principal results of the recent literature on these subjects in relation with some energy-related considerations and with an unified description based upon energy and dissipation analysis.

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