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The introduction of intermittent unloading - reloading cycles during mechanical testing is an extremely powerful tool to assist in the interpretation of the mechanical response of a material to the imposed loading conditions. This technique has potential as a probing method in material characterization which has been vastly underestimated, particularly in the case of continuous-fibre ceramic composites (CFCC), where, in addition to helping in the description of damage development, it can yield important information on fibre-matrix interfacial phenomena as well. The present contribution highlights the results obtained from the incorporation of unloading-reloading cycles during uniaxial strength, creep and fatigue tests on selected 2-dimensional woven CFCCs at room and elevated temperatures. Some implications for the modelling of the mechanical behaviour are indicated.

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Authors: STEEN M, JRC Petten (NL);VALLÉS J-L, JRC Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Thermal and Mechanical Test Methods and Behaviour of Continuous-Fiber Ceramic Composites, American Society for Testing and Materials STP 1309
Record Number: 199610239 / Last updated on: 1996-03-18
Original language: en
Available languages: en