SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1993

A Creep Cavity Growth Model for Creep-Fatigue Life Prediction of a Unidirectional W/Cu Composite


A microstructural model has been developed to predict creep-fatigue life in a [0°]4, 9 volume percent tungsten fiber-reinforced copper matrix composite at the temperature of 833 K. The mechanism of failure of the composite is assumed to be governed by the growth of quasi-equilibrium cavities in the copper matrix of the composite, based on the microscopically observed failure mechanisms. The methodology uses a cavity growth model developed for prediction of creep fracture. Instantaneous values of strain rate and stress in the copper matrix during fatigue cycles were calculated and incorporated in the model to predict cyclic life. The stress in the copper matrix was determined by use of a simple two-bar model for the fiber and matrix during cyclic loading. The model successfully predicted the composite creepfatigue life under tension-tension cyclic loading through the use of this instantaneous matrix stress level. Inclusion of additional mechanisms such as cavity nucleation, grain boundary sliding, and the effect of fibers on matrix-stress level would result in more generalized predictions of creep-fatigue life.

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Kim, Y-S
Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology, Pohang, Korea
Verrilli, MJ
NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH
Halford, GR
NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 91–104
DOI: 10.1520/STP15079S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5255-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1874-4