My research is on the structural optimization of fibre-reinforced composite material (transversely isotropic material). I am currently working on a homogenization method for attaining the effective properties of fibre-reinforced composite materials. A lot of literature is available on how to compute the effective properties of composite material using homogenization.
However, I would like to understand if the attained effective properties of composite material is a convex function or not?
Considering only the linear (elastic) regime, how can one prove that composite's effective properties using the homogenization method are convex function or not?
I would be grateful if someone can help me to understand how I can approach the above problem or direct me to the relevant paper (if it exists).
Thank you for your time and attention.