Plastic-strain controlled test is investigated both experimentally and theoretically. The plastic-strain control is feasible by means of computer-aided material test system. Theoretical study is made by use of the modified endochronic theory in which plastic strain is employed to define intrinsic time. Three in-phase plastic-strain paths (a pure axial path, a pure torsional path and an axial-torsional in-phase path) and two out-of-phase plastic-strain paths (small and large perturbations from the axial-torsional in-phase path) are studied. It is shown that the theory and experiment have good agreement. Furthermore, both experimental and theoretical results show that strain-hardening is enhanced by out-of-phase loading.

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