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Modeling Lifetime Performance of Ceramic Matrix Composites with Reduced Order Homogenization Multiscale Methods

Artz, Timothy Steven

Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) are attractive material systems for structural applications where resistance to intermediate (700 0C-950 0C) and high temperatures (900 0C-1400 0C) is required and low density is desired. There are currently barriers to a more widespread adoption of CMCs which include less robust simulation tools, which this dissertation seeks to address.

A novel unified reduced order homogenization model for initial quasi-static, creep, and fatigue loading of SiC/SiC CMCs at intermediate and high temperatures is proposed. Driven by a single set of parameters, the model can seamlessly transition between initial quasi-static, creep, and fatigue regimes while capturing the complex material response of SiC/SiC CMCs.

The reduced order homogenization approach provides a robust and efficient computational platform for analyzing composite behavior. Continuum damage mechanics provides the basis for the initial brittle CMC behavior while a hybrid damage-viscoplasticity model combined with an oxidation driven crack sealing effect drives the time-dependent brittle-ductile material behavior at high temperatures. A temporal multiscale approach extends the spatial multiscale model into fatigue regime at high temperatures, avoiding the computational complexity of modeling each cycle individually. At intermediate temperatures, a one-dimensional model based on the slow crack growth model originally proposed by Iyengar and Curtin is generalized to three dimensions focusing on a woven composite architecture. For this oxidation-assisted rupture model, the constitutive equation in the axial tow direction is governed by the continuum damage mechanics variant of the slow crack-growth model and the availability of oxygen to fibers, which in turn depends on the initial matrix pores and subsequent matrix cracking.

The model is verified on two SiC/SiC material systems, S200H and GEA SMI, in both initial quasi-static and time-dependent loading regimes at both high and intermediate temperatures.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Thesis Advisors
Fish, Jacob
Ph.D., Columbia University
Published Here
December 15, 2021