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Localised damage in continuous fibre reinforced ceramic matrix composites

Powell, KL, Yeomans, JA and Smith, PA (1993) Localised damage in continuous fibre reinforced ceramic matrix composites Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, 14 (9 -10). pp. 890-895.

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As a precursor to a study of erosive near behaviour of ceramic matrix composites fracture by indentation and single particle impact has been studied in two glass-ceramic/silicon carbide fibre composite systems. The damage has been characterised and quantified using a combination of confocal scanning laser microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Lateral cracks which form approximately parallel to the surface, have been found to be the predominant damage event. In the calcium alumino-silicate (CAS)/Nicalon system, lateral cracks tend, to form in regions of the matrix which have a high local fibre volume fraction, whilst in the barium magnesium alumino silicate (BMAS)/Tyranno system they tend to avoid fibre-rich regions. These results are consistent with an analysis of residual thermal stresses in the two systems. In CAS/Nicalon the coefficient of thermal expansion of the matrix is greater than that of the fibre. This puts the matrix into axial tension at room temperature with the stress increasing with local fibre volume fraction. In BMAS/Tyranno the reverse in the case. Thus in both systems, the observed damage is a consequence of the residual stress as well as the stress due to the contact event.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Powell, KL
Yeomans, JA
Date : 1 September 1993
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:52
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 23:00

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