Accession Number : ADA330099

Title :   Stressed Oxidation of C/SiC Composites

Descriptive Note : Technical memo.

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION CLEVELAND OH LEWIS RESEARCH CEN TER

Personal Author(s) : Halbig, Michael C. ; Brewer, David N. ; Eckel, Andrew J. ; Cawley, James D.

PDF Url : ADA330099

Report Date : APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : Constant load, stressed oxidation testing was performed on T-300 C/SiC 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 C/69 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 fiber/matrix interphase oxidation and debonding as well as the formation and implications of the fiber tip morphology.

Descriptors :   *CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES, *FIBER REINFORCED COMPOSITES, SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPES, MICROSTRUCTURE, STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS, CARBON FIBERS, FRACTURE(MECHANICS), SURFACES, OXIDATION RESISTANCE, SILICON CARBIDES, THERMAL STRESSES.

Subject Categories : Laminates and Composite Materials
      Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE