A shear-lag model is developed to predict the stress distributions in and around an isolated fiber in a single-fiber polymer matrix composite (PMC) subjected to uniaxial tensile loading and unloading along the fiber direction. The matrix is assumed to be an elasto-plastic material that deforms according to J2 flow theory. The stress distributions are obtained numerically and compared with a different shear-lag model that employs total strain theory as a constitutive equation of the matrix material. An effect of the difference between the models on the derived stress state is discussed.
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