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Interlaminar Crack Growth Resistances of Various Ceramic Matrix Composites in Mode I and Mode II Loading

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Sung R. Choi, Robert W. Kowalik

Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD

Paper No. GT2007-27080, pp. 251-259; 9 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2007: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 1: Turbo Expo 2007
  • Montreal, Canada, May 14–17, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4790-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3796-3


Interlaminar crack growth resistances were evaluated for five different SiC fiber-reinforced ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) including three gas-turbine grade MI SiC/SiC composites. Modes I and II crack growth resistances, GI and GII , were determined at ambient temperature using double cantilever beam (DCB) and end notched flexure (ENF) methods, respectively. The CMCs exhibited GI = 200–500 J/m2 and GII = 200–900 J/m2 . All the composites (except for one SiC/CAS composite) showed rising R-curve behavior either in mode I or in mode II, presumably attributed to fiber bridging (in modes I and II) and frictional constraint (mode II) in the wake region of a propagating crack. A glass fiber-reinforced epoxy polymer matrix composite, used as comparison, showed typically 2-3 and 8 times greater in GI and GII , respectively, compared to the CMCs. Experimental error analysis regarding the effect of the off-the-center of a crack plane on GI and GII was also made.



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