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A micromechanical fracture analysis to investigate the effect of healing particles on the overall mechanical response of a self-healing particulate composite

Ponnusami, S. A. ORCID: 0000-0002-2143-8971, Krishnasamy, J., Turteltaub, S. and van der Zwaag, S. (2019). A micromechanical fracture analysis to investigate the effect of healing particles on the overall mechanical response of a self-healing particulate composite. Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, 42(2), pp. 533-545. doi: 10.1111/ffe.12929

Abstract

A computational fracture analysis is conducted on a self‐healing particulate composite employing a finite element model of an actual microstructure. The key objective is to quantify the effects of the actual morphology and the fracture properties of the healing particles on the overall mechanical behaviour of the (MoSi2) particle‐dispersed Yttria Stabilised Zirconia (YSZ) composite. To simulate fracture, a cohesive zone approach is utilised whereby cohesive elements are embedded throughout the finite element mesh allowing for arbitrary crack initiation and propagation in the microstructure. The fracture behaviour in terms of the composite strength and the percentage of fractured particles is reported as a function of the mismatch in fracture properties between the healing particles and the matrix as well as a function of particle/matrix interface strength and fracture energy. The study can be used as a guiding tool for designing an extrinsic self‐healing material and understanding the effect of the healing particles on the overall mechanical properties of the material.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Ponnusami, SA, Krishnasamy, J, Turteltaub, S, Zwaag, S. A micromechanical fracture analysis to investigate the effect of healing particles on the overall mechanical response of a self‐healing particulate composite. Fatigue Fract Eng Mater Struct. 2019; 42: 533– 545., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/ffe.12929. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Publisher Keywords: cohesive elements, fracture mechanism, fracture properties, healing particles, self-healing material, thermal barrier coatings
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering > Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/22764
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