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A transversely isotropic composite with a statistical distribution of spheroidal inclusions: a geometrical approach to overall properties. (English) Zbl 1115.74358
Summary: In the literature, the determination of global elastic properties of composites with ellipsoidal inclusions is based on the averaged stress, strain and elastic-energy fields (e.g. Compos. Sci. Technol. 27, 111 (1986)). These are related to the local fields of the inclusion, the matrix, and the inclusion-matrix interface. In this study, we propose a method to obtain the global elastic properties of any transversely isotropic composite directly from the elastic properties of the matrix and the inclusions. Thus, it is not necessary to refer to the stress and strain applied globally or generated locally. The inclusions can have any transversely isotropic probability distribution of orientation. The problem is entirely geometrized and is treated in terms of averages of Walpole’s (Adv. Appl. Mech. 21, 169 (1981)) components of the fourth-order tensors describing the problem. We give a general numerical solution for any transversely isotropic statistical distribution of orientation, and also provide a validation of our method by applying it to some known cases and by retrieving the known exact solutions from the literature.

MSC:
74Q15 Effective constitutive equations in solid mechanics
74A40 Random materials and composite materials
74E10 Anisotropy in solid mechanics
74E35 Random structure in solid mechanics
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