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Effective Mechanical Properties of Carbon-Carbon Composites

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Aswathi Sudhir, Abhilash M. Nagaraja, Suhasini Gururaja

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Paper No. IMECE2014-36583, pp. V001T01A017; 10 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Advances in Aerospace Technology
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 14–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4642-1
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


In recent times, composite materials have gained mainstream acceptance as a structural material of choice due to their tailorability and improved thermal, specific strength/stiffness and durability performance [1–3]. For high temperature applications, which include exit nozzle for rockets, leading edge for missiles, nose cones, brake pads etc. Carbon-Carbon composites (C/C composite) are found suitable [4–6]. Mechanical property estimation of C/C composites is challenging due to their highly heterogeneous microstructure. The highly heterogeneous microstructure consists of woven C-fibers, C-matrix, irregularly shaped voids, cracks and other inclusions. Predicting the mechanical behavior of complex hierarchical materials like C/C composites is of interest which forms the motivation for the present work. A systematic study to predict the effective mechanical properties of C/C composite using numerical homogenization has been undertaken in this work. The Micro-Meso-Macro (MMM) principle of ensemble averages for estimating the effective properties of the composite has been adopted. The hierarchical length scales in C/C composites were identified as micro (single fiber with matrix), meso (fabric) and macro (laminate). Comparisons have been made with mechanical testing of C/C composites at different length scales.

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