Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Shankar Mall, PhD
This study investigated the fatigue behavior in a unidirectional metal matrix composite under tension-compression loading conditions. Stress-strain responses, modulus and strain trends were monitored to characterize damage. Fractography and microscopy were used to characterize failure modes. Fatigue life curves were plotted base on different parameters such as stress and strain. Tension-compression fatigue life was shorter than the obtained under tension-tension fatigue cycling. Creep, observed in tension-tension. fatigue cycling, and the effects of the compressive load on the plastic zone around the crack tip explain shorter life under tension-compression fatigue loading.
DTIC Accession Number
Kraabel, Darren L., "Investigation of Tension-Compression Fatigue Behavior of a Unidirectional Metal Matrix Composite at Elevated Temperature" (1994). Theses and Dissertations. 6347.