A methodology is presented for bounding all higher moments of the local hydrostatic stress field inside random two phase linear thermoelastic media undergoing macroscopic thermomechanical loading. The method also provides a lower bound on the maximum local stress. Explicit formulae for the optimal lower bounds are found that are expressed in terms of the applied macroscopic thermal and mechanical loading, coefficients of thermal expansion, elastic properties, and volume fractions. These bounds provide a means to measure load transfer across length scales relating the excursions of the local fields to the applied loads and the thermal stresses inside each phase. These bounds are shown to be the best possible in that they are attained by the Hashin-Shtrikman coated sphere assemblage. © Springer-Verlag 2010.
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Chen, Y., & Lipton, R. (2010). Optimal lower bounds on the local stress inside random thermoelastic composites. Acta Mechanica, 213 (1-2), 97-109. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00707-009-0273-1