Universal connections of elastic fibrous composites: Some new results

Tungyang Chen, Q. S. Zheng

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Universal connections between the overall moduli of elastic fibrous composites are explored. For any medium that can be represented by certain characterization functions, we show that its effective modulus tensors follow similar constraints as those for Hill's connections for a two-phase fibrous composite. Some new standpoints are proposed, which reveal that the connections remain valid for media containing cavities or rigid inclusions. In addition, connections are devised to accomodate the case in which the composite consists of phases with identical eigenmoduli. We show that, in this particular case, it often provides additional constraints to the overall moduli of the composite. Specific results are given in analytic forms for two-phase fibrous composites with transversely isotropic phases, and with square-symmetric phases. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2591-2602
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2000 May 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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