Published in Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Engrg., Vol. 185, pp. 245-277, 2000
In this work a generalized anisotropic elastoplastic constitutive model in large deformation is presented. It is used for the analysis of fiber-reinforced composite materials in the frame of the finite element method. Mixing theory is applied to simulate the behavior of the composite material. The elastic anisotropic behavior is simulated with classical elasticity theory, while that of a non-proportional anisotropic solid is simulated by means of the proposed generalized anisotropic elastoplastic model. The approach assumes the existence of a real anisotropic space and of a fictitious isotropic space where a mapped fictitious problem is solved. Both spaces are related by means of a linear transformation using a fourth order tensor incorporating complete information on the real anisotropic material. Details of the numerical implementations of the model into a non-linear, large deformations finite element solution scheme are provided. Examples of application showing the performance of the model for the analysis of fiber-reinforced composite materials are given.