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Influence of Scale Specific Features on the Progressive Damage of Woven Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs)

K. C. Liu1, S. M. Arnold2

ASU, Tempe, AZ, 85287, U.S.A.
NASA, GRC, Cleveland, OH, 44135, U.S.A

Computers, Materials & Continua 2013, 35(1), 35-65.


It is well known that failure of a material is a locally driven event. In the case of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), significant variations in the microstructure of the composite exist and their significance on both deformation and life response need to be assessed. Examples of these variations include changes in the fiber tow shape, tow shifting/nesting and voids within and between tows. In the present work, the influence of many of these scale specific architectural features of woven ceramic composite are examined stochastically at both the macroscale (woven repeating unit cell (RUC)) and structural scale (idealized using multiple RUCs). The recently developed MultiScale Generalized Method of Cells (MSGMC) methodology is used to determine the overall deformation response, proportional elastic limit (first matrix cracking), and failure under tensile loading conditions and associated probability distribution functions. Prior results showed that the most critical architectural parameter to account for is weave void shape and content with other parameters being less in severity. Current results show that statistically only the post-elastic limit region (secondary hardening modulus and ultimate tensile strength) is impacted by local uncertainties both at the macro and structural level.


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K. C. . Liu and S. M. . Arnold, "Influence of scale specific features on the progressive damage of woven ceramic matrix composites (cmcs)," Computers, Materials & Continua, vol. 35, no.1, pp. 35–65, 2013.

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