Acoustical and Dynamic Mechanical Characterization of Fiber-Matrix Interface Bonds in Ceramic Composites
Ceramic matrix composites presently being developed are potentially well suited for high temperature structural applications. The character of the fiber-matrix bond plays a significant role in determining the fracture toughness of the material and thus its performance. Increased toughness is achieved by phenomena such as interface debonding and fiber slip or pull-out, which improve material toughness by increasing the energy required to propagate a crack . In a bond that is too weak, the toughening mechanisms are not significant. However, a bond that is too strong permits a crack to propagate directly through a fiber-matrix interface without being significantly affected, resulting in brittle fracture. As a result, care is required in the manufacture of these materials to achieve optimum fiber-matrix bonding . The objective of this work is to develop and evaluate techniques to nondestructively characterize the fiber-matrix interface bonds. The techniques being investigated include ultrasonic velocity and attenuation, acousto-ultrasonic response, and internal dynamic mechanical damping.
KeywordsAcoustic Emission Signal Ultrasonic Velocity Ceramic Matrix Composite Chemical Vapor Infiltration Weak Interface Bond
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