Abstract

In this paper, a micromechanical tension-compression fatigue hysteresis loops model of fiber-reinforced ceramic-matrix composite (CMC) was developed considering fibers failure. Multiple fatigue damage mechanisms of fibers failure, interface debonding, slip and wear, and matrix fragmentation were considered and incorporated in the micromechanical fatigue hysteresis loops model. Upon unloading, the unloading stress-strain relationship was divided into three stages, including, (1) Unloading Stage I: the unloading interface counter slip stage and the unloading stress is between the tensile peak stress and the matrix crack closure stress; (2) Unloading Stage II: the unloading partial compressive stage and the unloading stress is between the matrix crack closure stress and the unloading complete compressive stress; and (3) Unloading Stage III: the unloading complete compressive stage and the unloading stress is between the unloading complete compressive stress and the compressive valley stress. Multiple micromechanical damage parameters of fibers failure probability, unloading/reloading transition stress, closure stress of the matrix cracking, compressive transition stress, complete compressive stress, unloading/reloading inverse tangent modulus (ITM), and interface counter slip/new slip ratio (ICSR/INSR) were adopted to characterize the tension-compression stress-strain hysteresis loops. Experimental tension-compression fatigue stress-strain hysteresis loops of unidirectional CMCs were predicted using the developed micromechanical models. The characteristics of the tension-compression fatigue hysteresis loops of unidirectional CMC are analyzed for different material properties, damage state, and tensile fatigue peak stress.

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