Published in International Journal of Plasticity, Vol. 17 (11), pp. 1437-1463, 2001
In this work a generalized anisotropic model in large strains based on the classical isotropic plasticity theory is presented. The anisotropic theory is based on the concept of mapped tensors from the anisotropic real space to the isotropic fictitious one. In classical orthotropy theories it is necessary to use a special constitutive law for each material. The proposed theory is a generalization of classical theories and allows the use of models and algorithms developed for isotropic materials. It is based on establishing a one-to-one relationship between the behavior of an anisotropic real material and that of an isotropic fictitious one. Therefore, the problem is solved in the isotropic fictious space and the results are transported to the real field. This theory is applied to simulate the behavior of each material in the composite. The whole behavior of the composite is modeled by incorporating the anisotropic model within a model based on a modified mixing theory.