Stressed Oxidation of C/SiC Composites
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION CLEVELAND OH LEWIS RESEARCH CEN TER
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Constant load, stressed oxidation testing was performed on T-300 CSiC composites with a SiC seal coat. Test conditions included temperatures ranging from 350 to 1500 deg C at stresses of 69 MPa and 172 MPa 10 and 25 ksi. The coupon subjected to stressed oxidation at 550 deg C69 MPa for 25 hours had a room temperature residual strength one-half that of the as-received coupons. The coupon tested at the higher stress and all coupons tested at higher temperatures failed in less than 25 hr. Microstructural analysis of the fracture surfaces, using SEM scanning electron microscopy, revealed the formation of reduced cross-sectional fibers with pointed tips. Analysis of composite cross-sections show pathways for oxygen ingress. The discussion will focus on fibermatrix interphase oxidation and debonding as well as the formation and implications of the fiber tip morphology.
- Laminates and Composite Materials