Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 29, Issue 23, pp 6152–6158 | Cite as

Methodology for the determination of the interfacial properties of brittle matrix composites

  • E. Lara-Curzio
  • M. K. Ferber


The interfacial properties of a glass-ceramic matrix composite (SiC/CAS) were determined from single-fibre push-out tests using the interfacial test system. The coefficient of friction, μ, the residual clamping stress, σc, and fibre axial residual stress, σz, were extracted by fitting the experimental stress versus fibre-end displacement curves using the models of Hsueh, and Kerans and Parthasarathy. Using Hsueh's model, the intrinsic interfacial frictional stress (τ=μσc) was found to be 11.1±3.2 MPa, whereas by using Kerans-Parthasarathy's model it was found to be 8.2±1.5 MPa. Comparisons between these models are included, together with a discussion of data analysis techniques.


Polymer Data Analysis Brittle Residual Stress Material Processing 
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Axial fibre residual stress (Pa)


Effective clamping stress (Pa)


Residual clamping stress (Pa)


Poisson's effect-induced clamping stress (Pa)


Debond stress in the absence of residual stresses (Pa)


Experimental debond stress (Pa)


Compressive applied stress (Pa)


Interfacial shear stress (Pa)


Fibre-end displacement (m)


Debond length (m)


Fibre radius (m)


Fibre Young's modulus (Pa)


Matrix Young's modulus (Pa)


Fibre Poisson's ratio (dimensionless)


Matrix Poisson's ratio (dimensionless)


Fibre volume fraction (dimensionless)


Parameter (dimensionless)


Parameter (dimensionless)


Interfacial coefficient of friction (dimensionless)


Interface toughness (J m−2)


Load-train compliance (m N−1)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Lara-Curzio
    • 1
  • M. K. Ferber
    • 1
  1. 1.Metals and Ceramics DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA

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