Abstract A previously published analytical model that describes a simplified wire geometry with three stacked cylinders is compared with finite element model calculations. The thermal strain from the matrix on the superconducting filaments is considered first. It appears that the analytical model is able to describe the strain that occurs in the filaments relatively accurate. Especially the radial dependence of the strain if a central core of normal material is present, is described quit well by the analytical model. The strain inside a wire surrounded by epoxy and subjected to a transverse load is almost uniform and can be approximated with an analytical model too. When yielding is involved to simulate a more localised transverse load inside a multifilamentary wire it is necessary to consider a numerical model.