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Mechanics of Composite Structures by George S. Springer, László P. Kollár

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CHAPTER ELEVEN

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Micromechanics

Micromechanics is used to estimate the mechanical and hygrothermal properties of composite materials from the known values of the properties of the fiber and the matrix. There are three major categories of micromechanical approaches: (i) mechanics of material models based on simplifying assumptions that make it unnecessary to specify in detail the stress–strain distributions, (ii) elasticity models requiring that the stresses and strains be determined at the micromechanical level, and (iii) empirical expressions resulting from curve-fitting elasticity solutions or data.

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