Abstract

High stiffness ceramic reinforcement in a light alloy matrix can result in a substantial increase in fatigue resistance while maintaining cost at an acceptable level. The fatigue resistance of particulate metal matrix composites (MMCs) depends on a variety of factors, including reinforcement particle volume fraction, particle size, matrix microstructure and the presence of inclusions or defects that arise from processing. In particular, the crack growth behavior in particle reinforced MMCs is very much dependent on reinforcement characteristics, and on matrix microstructure. The goal of this work is to obtain a fundamental understanding of fatigue crack growth behavior and evolution of microstructure during fatigue. The ambient temperature fatigue behavior of 2080/SiCp composites was examined and compared to the behavior of the unreinforced alloy. In particular, the fatigue crack growth behavior of these materials as a function of R-ratio was quantified and modeled using the two-parameter (ΔK - Kmax) approach. The fatigue fracture behavior at different R-ratios was investigated and correlated with the fatigue response of the composite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)856-863
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Fatigue
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010

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Metal Matrix Composites
Fatigue Crack Growth
Fatigue crack propagation
Fatigue
Metals
Fatigue of materials
Composite materials
Reinforcement
Microstructure
Composite
Crack Growth
Particle Size
Volume Fraction
Two Parameters
Crack propagation
Volume fraction
Stiffness
Defects
Inclusion
Particle size

Keywords

  • Fatigue crack growth
  • Fracture
  • Metal matrix composite
  • Two-parameter (ΔK - K) approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Modeling and Simulation

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Fatigue crack growth of SiC particle reinforced metal matrix composites. / Chawla, Nikhilesh; Ganesh, V. V.

In: International Journal of Fatigue, Vol. 32, No. 5, 05.2010, p. 856-863.

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