Simplifying assumptions are used to reduce micromechanical treatments to compact expressions which directly reveal the role of the inclusion shape and aspect ratio in establishing the elastic behavior of heterogeneous materials. Attention is directed to the comparison of aligned ellipsoidal and cylindrical inclusions that exhibit transversely isotropic behavior characterized by five independent elastic constants. These comparisons show that the effective transverse in‐plane moduli (E italicT*, k* and…
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