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  • The applicability of the Mori-Tanaka averaging method for the prediction of the response of binary composites loaded in the plastic range is investigated. The applied loading is subdivided into small increments and the Eshelby solution for the inhomogeneity problem is used in conjunction with the Mori-Tanaka averaging scheme to obtain the load increments in the various phases. Since the Eshelby solution depends on the instantaneous matrix material properties and these are updated at the end of each load increment by using the backward difference scheme, an iterative procedure is necessary for the calculation of the correct load increments in the phases (concentration factors). The performance of the Mori-Tanaka method is compared with results obtained using the periodic hexagonal array (PHA) finite element model and experimental results for a B-Al unidirectional fibrous composite; it is also compared with numerical simulations obtained from the modified PHA model for a SiCw-Al particulate composite. 1991 Springer-Verlag.

published proceedings

  • Computational Mechanics

author list (cited authors)

  • Lagoudas, D. C., Gavazzi, A. C., & Nigam, H.

publication date

  • January 1, 1991 11:11 AM