Thermal Expansion Coefficients and Thermal Stresses in an Aligned Short Fiber Composite With Application to a Short Carbon Fiber/Aluminum

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Y. Takao

Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, 6-10-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812, Japan

M. Taya

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, Del. 19716

J. Appl. Mech 52(4), 806-810 (Dec 01, 1985) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3169150 History: Received May 01, 1983; Revised December 01, 1984; Online July 21, 2009


A formulation to compute the effective thermal expansion coefficients (αc ) of an anisotropic short fiber-reinforced composite and the thermal stress (σ) induced in and around the fiber is developed. The formulation is based on the Eshelby’s equivalent inclusion method. Main emphasis is placed on short Carbon fiber/Aluminum. The thermal stress due to a uniform temperature rise ΔT is computed at points just outside the fiber. The effects of various parameters on αc and σ are also investigated.

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