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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