Elastic Properties of Particle-Occlusion Composites: Measurements and Modeling

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Hassel Ledbetter

Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO 80303

Subhendu Datta, Martin Dunn

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309

J. Eng. Mater. Technol 117(4), 402-407 (Oct 01, 1995) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2804733 History: Received June 25, 1995; Online November 27, 2007


We review some of our recent studies on the effective elastic constants of composites where the occluded phase is spherical or spheroidal (oblate or prolate). From constituent properties and phase geometry, we estimated the composites’ effective macroscopic elastic constants using two models: the Ledbetter-Datta scattered-plane-wave ensemble-average model and the Mori-Tanaka effective-field model. We measured elastic constants by three principal methods: resonance, pulse-echo, and acoustic-resonance spectroscopy. We show microstructures, measurements, and model calculations for five representative composites: SiCp /Al, Al2 O3 -mullitep /Al, Al2 O3p / mullite, graphitep /ferrite (cast iron), voids/Ti.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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