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Damage Development in SiCf/SiC Composites Through Mechanical Loading / Martin R. Bache; J. Paul Jones; Zak Quiney; Louise Gale

ASME Proceedings: Ceramics, Start page: V006T02A006

Swansea University Author: Bache, Martin

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DOI (Published version): 10.1115/GT2017-64370

Abstract

Sophisticated mechanical characterisation is vital in support of a fundamental understanding of deformation in ceramic matrix composites. On the component scale, “damage tolerant” design and lifing philosophies depend upon laboratory assessments of macro-scale specimens, incorporating typical fibre...

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Published in: ASME Proceedings: Ceramics
ISBN: 978-0-7918-5091-6
Published: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition 2017
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa35634
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Abstract: Sophisticated mechanical characterisation is vital in support of a fundamental understanding of deformation in ceramic matrix composites. On the component scale, “damage tolerant” design and lifing philosophies depend upon laboratory assessments of macro-scale specimens, incorporating typical fibre architectures and matrix under representative stress-strain states.Standard SiCf/SiC processing techniques inherently introduce porosity between the individual reinforcing fibres and between woven fibre bundles. Subsequent mechanical loading (static or cyclic) may initiate cracking from these stress concentrations in addition to fibre/matrix decohesion and delamination. The localised coalescence of such damage ultimately leads to rapid failure.Proven techniques for the monitoring of damage in structural metallics, i.e. optical microscopy, potential drop systems, acoustic emission (AE) and digital image correlation (DIC), have been adapted for the characterisation of CMC’s tested at room temperature. As processed SiCf/SiC panels were subjected to detailed X-ray computed tomography (XCT) inspection prior to specimen extraction and subsequent static and cyclic mechanical testing to verify their condition. DIC strain measurements, acoustic emission and resistance monitoring were performed and correlated to monitor the onset of damage during loading, followed by intermittent XCT inspections throughout the course of selected tests.
Keywords: Composite materials , Damage
College: College of Engineering
Start Page: V006T02A006