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The aim of this study is to analyse the uniaxial tensile and creep behaviour of an alumina fibre-reinforced silicon carbide matrix composite. The tensile behaviour is elastic-damageable and is related to the extension of fibre-matrix debonding which follows matrix cracking. The uniaxial creep of the composite is characterised by the occurrence of one or two tertiary stages. The first relates to progressive fibre-matrix debonding following matrix cracking which develops during loading. The second tertiary stage appears only at low creep stresses and is related to successive alumina fibre failure leading to non-catastrophic rupture of the composite. The study shows that a conventional Norton analysis of creep can only be considered by taking into account the damage state of the composite at the secondary stage.

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Authors: LAMOUROUX F, JRC Petten (NL);STEEN M, JRC Petten (NL);VALLÉS J L, JRC Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Composites Science and Technology (1995)
Record Number: 199511051 / Last updated on: 1995-08-18
Original language: en
Available languages: en