Local Mechanics Concepts for Composite Material Systems

IUTAM Symposium Blacksburg, VA 1991

  • J. N. Reddy
  • K. L. Reifsnider

Part of the IUTAM Symposia book series (IUTAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. D. H. Allen, J. G. Boyd
    Pages 81-95
  3. Ken Reifsnider, Zhanjun Gao
    Pages 97-115
  4. J. D. Achenbach, H. S. Choi
    Pages 149-163
  5. Peter Gudmundson, Sören Östlund, Weilin Zang
    Pages 283-308
  6. D. H. Robbins, Y. S. N. Reddy, J. N. Reddy
    Pages 309-339
  7. R. D. Kriz, T. Oshima, S. G. Nomachi
    Pages 395-412

About these proceedings


The application of composite materials to engineering components has spurred a ma­ jor effort to analyze such materials and the structures made from them. Most researchers workin~ in mechanics of composite structures understand that composite materials pro­ vide umque advantages but also present complex and challenging problems to researchers. The complex inelastic behavior and variety of failure modes of composite structures are a result of the strength and stiffness properties of constituents and their complex interac­ tions. Macromechanical constitutive models based on gross composite properties cannot realistically represent local interactions, and thus have serious limitations. The composite materials that are of most interest to engineering applications are often "brittle" in their behavior, in the sense that the strength and life of the material systems is controlled or greatly influenced by events or processes which involve volumes of material whose dimen­ sions are small compared to the global dimensions of the element. This is also true in ductile systems where local nonlinearity may contribute to local behavior which controls global response.


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Editors and affiliations

  • J. N. Reddy
    • 1
  • K. L. Reifsnider
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Engineering Science and MechanicsVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-84794-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-84792-9
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