QUASI-STATIC AND CREEP BEHAVIOR OF ENHANCED SIC/SIC CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITES
The creep data were also modeled using the representations such as Monkmon-Grant and Larsen-Miller equations. A modified Monkman-Grant equation was used to model the stratification of the creep strain rate data with temperature. A finite element model based on the plasticity theory was developed to simulate the quasi-static cyclic behavior of the material. Though the loading behavior of CMCs can be modeled using the bilinear or multilinear kinematic hardening plasticity models, the unloading behavior as predicted by the models is entirely different from the experimentally observed behavior. Hence, these models were modified to correctly predict the stress-strain behavior. The model, which was input via a user defined subroutine into the ANSYS finite element program uses the concept of state or internal variables to define the unloading portion of the stress-strain curve. The results were compared with the test data and they show very good agreement. The model was then used to predict the stress-strain response of a plate with a notch. The results from the analysis were compared with the experimental data and they show good agreement if average values of strains are considered.
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