Accession Number:

ADA453928

Title:

Effects of Frequency and Environment on Fatigue Behavior of an Oxide-Oxide Ceramic Matrix Composite at 1200 Deg. C

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

118.0

Abstract:

Advances in aeronautical engineering in the 21st century depend upon materials that can perform well in extreme environments such as high temperatures and oxidizing conditions. NextelTrademark720Alumina N720A is an oxideoxide ceramic matrix composite with a porous alumina matrix that has been identified as a candidate material for such applications. This research investigated the effects of frequency on fatigue response of N720A at 1200C in both air and steam environment. Prior investigation of this material by Eber 8 in 2005 studied fatigue behavior at 1200C in air and in steam environments at the frequency of 1.0 Hz. The current research focused on fatigue response at the frequencies of 0.1 Hz and 10 Hz. Results of mechanical testing showed a significant decrease in fatigue performance in steam versus air. Specimens tested at 0.1 Hz exhibited shorter fatigue lives and smaller strains at failure than those tested at 10 Hz. Scanning Electron Micrographs of specimen fracture surfaces revealed higher degrees of fiber pull-out and greater variation in fiber failure locations in specimens tested at 10 Hz, indicating a weakening of the fibermatrix interface. Qualitative assessment using Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy showed correlations between frequency and amount of silicon species migration between fiber and matrix.

Subject Categories:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Ceramics, Refractories and Glass
  • Laminates and Composite Materials
  • Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE