A generalized self-consistent estimate for the effective elastic moduli of fiber-reinforced composite materials with multiple transversely isotropic inclusions

X. Neil Dong, Xiaohui Zhang, Y. Young Huang, X. Edward Guo*

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Abstract

The effective elastic properties of a fiber-reinforced composite material with multiple transversely isotropic inclusions are estimated by the use of a generalized self-consistent method, which considers strong interactions between the inclusion and matrix as well as among inclusions. The accuracy of this method is established by comparing to the closed-form analytic solutions by Christensen when the matrix and inclusion are isotropic. Furthermore, current predictions from the generalized self-consistent method for a composite with multiple inclusions correspond well with the numerical results from finite element analysis. The generalized self-consistent method can be particularly useful in establishing micromechanics models of natural biological composite materials such as cortical bone to examine the dependence of the elastic properties of cortical bone on its porosity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)922-940
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical Sciences
Volume47
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005

Keywords

  • Fiber-reinforced composite material
  • Finite element analysis
  • Generalized self-consistent method
  • Micromechanics
  • Transversely isotropic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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