Modeling the Effect of Oxidation on Damage in SiC/Ti-15-3 Metal Matrix Composites

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L. A. Wittig, D. H. Allen

Center for Mechanics of Composites, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3141

J. Eng. Mater. Technol 116(3), 421-427 (Jul 01, 1994) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2904308 History: Received August 10, 1993; Revised February 03, 1994; Online April 29, 2008


In this paper, a micromechanical analysis is performed on a single ply continuous fiber SiC/Ti-15V-3Al-3Sn-3Cr (Ti-15-3) metal matrix composite to study the complex interactions between the composite microstructural components and the surrounding environment at high temperatures. Finite elements are incorporated to model oxygen diffusing into the free suface of a representative volume element (RVE) during cool down from the processing temperature. The resulting residual stress distribution is investigated assuming thermoelastic material models for the matrix, oxide layer, and fiber. Results indicate that the oxidized surface layer is prone to cracking upon subsequent mechanical loading, and this effect is strongly temperature dependent.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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