Fatigue in selectively fiber-reinforced titanium matrix composites

Ramamurty, U. (1999) Fatigue in selectively fiber-reinforced titanium matrix composites Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 30 (8). pp. 2237-2248. ISSN 1073-5623

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Many applications of the Ti alloy matrix composites (TMCs) reinforced with SiC fibers are expected to use the selective reinforcement concept in order to optimize the processing and increase the cost-effectiveness. In this work, unnotched fatigue behavior of a Ti-6Al-4V matrix selectively reinforced with SCS-6 SiC fibers has been examined. Experiments have been conducted on two different model panels. Results show that the fatigue life of the selectively reinforced composites is far inferior to that of the all-TMC panel. The fatigue life decreases with the decreasing effective fiber volume fraction. Suppression of multiple matrix cracking in the selectively reinforced panels was identified as the reason for their lack of fatigue resistance. Fatigue endurance limit as a function of the clad thickness was calculated using the modified Smith-Watson-Topper (SWT) parameter and the effective fiber volume fraction approach. The regime over which multiple matrix cracking occurs is identified using the bridging fiber fracture criterion. A fatigue failure map for the selectively reinforced TMCs is constructed on the basis of the observed damage mechanisms. Possible applications of such maps are discussed.

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