A Review of Failure Models for Ceramic Matrix Composite Laminates Under Monotonic Loads

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D. E. Tripp, J. H. Hemann

Department of Civil Engineering, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115

J. P. Gyekenyesi

NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH 44135

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 112(4), 492-501 (Oct 01, 1990) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2906194 History: Received January 25, 1989; Online April 24, 2008


Ceramic matrix composites offer significant potential for improving the performance of turbine engines. In order to achieve their potential, however, improvements in design methodology are needed. In the past most components using structural ceramic matrix composites were designed by “trial and error” since the emphasis on feasibility demonstration minimized the development of mathematical models. To understand the key parameters controlling response and the mechanics of failure, the development of structural failure models is required. A review of short-term failure models with potential for ceramic matrix composite laminates under monotonic loads is presented. Phenomenological, semi-empirical, shear-lag, fracture mechanics, damage mechanics, and statistical models for the fast fracture analysis of continuous fiber unidirectional ceramic matrix composites under monotonic loads are surveyed.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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