Elastic properties of rigid fiber-reinforced composites

J. Chen, M. F. Thorpe, L. C. Davis

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We study the elastic properties of rigid fiber-reinforced composites with perfect bonding between fibers and matrix, and also with sliding boundary conditions. In the dilute region, there exists an exact analytical solution. Around the rigidity threshold we find the elastic moduli and Poisson's ratio by decomposing the deformation into a compression mode and a rotation mode. For perfect bonding, both modes are important, whereas only the compression mode is operative for sliding boundary conditions. We employ the digital-image-based method and a finite element analysis to perform computer simulations which confirm our analytical predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4349-4360
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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