Role of reinforcement/matrix interfacial strength in fatigue crack propagation in particulate SiC reinforced aluminum alloy 8090

D.M. Knowles, J.E. King

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    Abstract

    A study has been made of the influence of the reinforcement/matrix interfacial strength on fatigue crack propagation in a powder metallurgy aluminum alloy 8090-SiC particulate composite. The interfacial region has been altered by two separate routes, the first involving aging of the 8090 matrix, with the subsequent formation of precipitate free zones at the boundaries, and the second consisting of oxidizing the surface of the SiC particles before their incorporation into the composite. In the naturally aged condition, oxidation of the SiC leads to a reduction in fatigue crack growth resistance at higher values of stress intensity range ΔK. This is due to a proportion of the crack growth occurring through voids formed in association with many of the weak SiC interfaces which have retained a layer of thick surface oxide after processing. On overaging no difference in crack growth rate is discernible between the oxidized and unoxidized SiC composites. It is proposed that this is due to similar levels of interfacial weakening having occurred in both composites, indicating that this is an important factor in the reduction of the high ΔK crack growth resistance of the unoxidized SiC composite on aging.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)500-509
    Number of pages10
    JournalMaterials Science and Technology
    Volume8
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 1992

    Keywords

    • crack propagation
    • fatigue of materials
    • fiber reinforced metals
    • interfaces (materials)
    • metallic matrix composites
    • oxidation
    • silicon carbide
    • strength of materials
    • aluminum alloy 8090
    • reinforcement/matrix interfacial strength
    • aluminum alloys

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