Experimental investigation of the degradation of ceramic composites in aggressive thermomechanical environments

Gibson, Raymond John (1995) Experimental investigation of the degradation of ceramic composites in aggressive thermomechanical environments. MSc(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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To support a design methodology using monolithic and ceramic composites for use in aerospace components, an experimental test programme was initiated at Engineering Design and Research Center (EDRC) /Glasgow University (GU) in 1990 to test advanced materials at ambient and elevated temperatures. This was carried out in conjunction with computer modelling and design system development. The facilities based at GU were restricted to thermal macromechanical testing. Due to the difficulty of achieving reproducible and reliable data from, eg tensile testing, simpler flexure and compression tests were preferred. Thermal shock, identified as a potential cause of failure in engineering ceramics, was shown by computational analysis to be less important than initially assumed. This was however not confirmed experimentally. Ambient and elevated macromechanical testing was therefore restricted to flexure tests carried out in an air environment under steady state conditions. The main focus of the test programme was to understand the physics of the composite materials and in particular the failure modes associated with specific loading configurations. Investigations of damage at stress concentrations or changes in fibre architecture and of delamination effects through varying changes in thickness was a key part of the study. The flexure tests would not only establish a materials properties and performance database, but will allow the fibre architecture of the loaded structure to be fully optimised.

Item Type: Thesis (MSc(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Materials science
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering
Supervisor's Name: Thomson, Dr. R.D.
Date of Award: 1995
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1995-71670
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 17 May 2019 09:31
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2022 15:54
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.71670
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/71670

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