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This paper presents techniques based on a three-dimensional finite-element analysis for the analysis of continuous fiber reinforced metal matrix composite. Examples are shown for specific metal matrix composites such as boron/aluminium and silicon-carbide/aluminum. Specimen stress-strain behavior and stress at first fiber failure were predicted for boron/aluminum laminates containing circular holes and crack-like slits. The predictions compared very well with test data for laminates containing 0° fibers and reasonably well for [±45]2s laminates. Mesh configuration was shown to have an effect on the calculation of stresses local to the notch. The presence of thin interface layers of matrix material had a significant influence on the slit tip stress state, causing sharper stress gradients near the notch. Interface layers reduced the slit-tip fibers stress in a [± 45]2s silicon-carbide/aluminum laminate but increased them in a [0/90]2s laminate.
finite-element analysis, three-dimensional analysis, boron/aluminum, silicon-carbide/aluminum, elastic-plastic, fiber failure, stress contours, interface layers
Research engineer, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA