Localized mechanical property assessment of SiC/SiC composite materials

D. Frazer, M. D. Abad, D. Krumwiede, C. A. Back, H. E. Khalifa, C. P. Deck, P. Hosemann

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SiC fiber-reinforced SiC matrix composites (SiC/SiC) are under consideration as a structural material for a range of nuclear applications. While these materials have been studied for decades, recently new small scale materials testing techniques have emerged which can be used to characterize SiC/SiC materials from a new perspective. In this work cross section nanoindentation was performed on SiC/SiC composites revealing that both the hardness and Young's modulus was substantially lower in the fiber compared to the matrix despite both being SiC. Using scanning electron microscopy it was observed that the grain growth of the matrix during formation was radially out from the fiber with a changing grain structure as a function of radius from the fiber center. Focused ion beam machining was used to manufacture micro-cantilever samples and evaluate the fracture toughness and fracture strength in the matrix as a function of grain orientation in the matrix. Additionally microstructural characterization techniques like Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and microtomography were used to evaluate differences in the matrix and fibers of the composite.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)93-101
Nombre de pàgines9
RevistaComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Volum70
DOIs
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - de març 2015
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