Accession Number:

ADA164910

Title:

Thermal Expansion of Elastic-Plastic Composite Materials.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INST TROY NY DEPT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

38.0

Abstract:

Exact relationships are derived between instantaneous overall thermal stress or strain vectors and instantaneous overall mechanical stifness or compliance, for two binary composite systems in which one of the phases may deform plastically. Also the local instantaneous thermal strain and stress concentration factors are related in an exact way to the corresponding mechanical concentration factors. The results depend on instantaneous thermoelastic constants and volume fractions of the phases. They are found for fibrous composites with two distinct elastically isotropic or transversely isotropic phases, and for any binary composite with elastically isotropic phases. The results indicate that in the plastic range the thermal and mechanical loading effects are coupled even if the phase properties of not depend on changes in temperature. The derivation is based on a novel decomposition procedure which indicates that spatially uniform elastic strain fields can be created in certain heterogeneous media by superposition of uniform phase eigen-strains with local strains caused by piecewise uniform strss fields which are in equilibrium with prescribed surface tractions. The method is extended to discretized microstructures, and also to analysis of moisture absorption and phase transformation effects on overall response and on local fields in the two composite materials. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Laminates and Composite Materials
  • Solid State Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE