RESEARCH PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Structures and Dynamics

A Metal Matrix Composite Damage and Life Prediction Model

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J. Ahmad, U. Santhosh

Research Applications Inc., 11772 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite 145, San Diego, CA 92121-1085

S. Hoff

Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, U. S. Army Troop and Aviation Command, Bldg. 401, Lee Boulevard, Fort Eustis, VA 23604

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 120(4), 825-832 (Oct 01, 1998) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2818475 History: Received March 15, 1997; Online November 19, 2007


A simple analytical model is derived for the prediction of time-dependent deformation and damage response of metal matrix composites under fiber direction loading. The model can be used in conjunction with a number of viscoplastic constitutive models to describe the matrix material behavior. Damage in the form of progressive fiber fractures is incorporated using a mechanistic approach. The criterion for fiber fractures can be based on statistical information on fiber strength. When used in conjunction with a prescribed failure condition for a composite, the model provides a means for predicting composite life under general thermomechanical load conditions. Based on comparison of results with detailed finite element analyses and with laboratory test data, it appears that the simple model provides reasonably accurate predictions.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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