Utilizing statistical methods known from linear elasticity it is shown how effective 3rd (and higher) order elastic constants (TOEC) of micro-heterogeneous media can be calculated. Emphasis is put on the self consistent scheme. The ensemble average of the fluctuating TOEC yields a 0th approximation to the rigorous selfconsistent moduli. A first approximation is also given in closed form. The insight that the well-established statistical methods of the linear theory, which uses Green functions, are applicable also to nonlinear problems is considered as the main result of this paper.

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