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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 393-401

Axial shear modulus of a fiber-reinforced composite with random fiber cross-sections

1Department of Mathematics, Regional Engineering College, Durgapur 713209, India
2Mathematics and Physics Departments, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina 27834, USA

Received 14 April 1981

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A study is made of the effective axial shear modulus of a fiber reinforced material with random fiber cross-sections so that the micromechanics is governed by stochastic differential equations. A coarse-graining procedure is adopted to investigate the macroscopic behavior of the material. This analysis leads to the formula for the effective axial shear modulus μ=μ1/{12c(μ2μ1)/(μ2+μ1)},where μ1 and μ2 are the shear modulus of the matrix and fibers respectively and c is the concentration of the fibers less that 0.5. For c>0.5, the fiber and matrix moduli are to be interchanged and c is to be replaced by 1c. The results of this study are compared with those of the theory of fibre reinforced materials. Finally, a numerical example is presented with graphical representation.