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Thermo-elastic properties in short fibre reinforced ultra-high temperature ceramic matrix composites: Characterisation and numerical assessment

De Bianchi, F., Ponnusami, S. A. ORCID: 0000-0002-2143-8971, Silvestroni, L. & Grande, A. M. (2021). Thermo-elastic properties in short fibre reinforced ultra-high temperature ceramic matrix composites: Characterisation and numerical assessment. Materials Today Communications, 29, 102754. doi: 10.1016/j.mtcomm.2021.102754

Abstract

The thermo-elastic properties of a novel class of ceramic composites based on an ultra-refractory matrix and containing short carbon fibre to provide failure tolerance and thermal shock resistance were experimentally characterised and numerically simulated. The composites samples were fabricated with fibre volume fractions ranging from 5 to 60 vol% and were featured by homogeneous dispersion of fibre along the basal plane due to the processing route. A random sequential adsorption algorithm was implemented to generate Representative Volume Elements (RVEs), following which finite element (FE) analyses were conducted to determine the elastic modulus and the coefficient of thermal expansion of the composites . Comparison of the experimental and modelling results showed good agreement for the modulus at low fibre volume fractions, and for CTE at higher volume fractions. Discrepancies are attributed to significant evolution of the composite microstructure upon processing at high temperatures, as revealed by microscopic analysis. The observations emphasise the need to account for the effects of microstructural changes on the constituent properties in the modelling of the thermo-mechanical properties in sintered ceramic composites.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2021. This article has been published in Materials Today Communications by Elsevier. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Publisher Keywords: short fibre composite, ZrB2, Finite element modelling, Random sequential adsorption, Thermo-elastic properties
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Departments: School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Engineering > Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics
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