The transverse fatigue crack growth resistance of unidirectional 8 and 35 pct 1140+/Ti-6-4 fiber-reinforced composites has been investigated. It has been found that, at a low fiber volume fraction, the transverse fatigue crack growth resistance of metal-matrix composites (MMCs) is improved with respect to the monolithic matrix alloy. This occurs because `holes' from debonded interfaces can trap the crack and reduce the average fatigue crack growth rates by periodically increasing the effective crack-tip radius. However, an increase of fiber volume fraction from 8 to 35 pct decreases the fatigue crack growth resistance dramatically, due to the significant increase of the frequency of interaction and coalescence between the main crack, the debonded interfaces, and microcracks.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2000|