Frequency-dependent random fatigue of panel-type structures made of ceramic matrix composites
The panel-type structures used in aerospace engineering can be subjected to severe high-frequency acoustic loadings in service. This paper evaluates the frequency-dependent random fatigue of panel-type structures made of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) under acoustic loadings. Firstly, the high-frequency random responses from the broadband random excitation will result in more stress cycles in a definite period of time. The probability density distributions of stress amplitudes will be different in different frequency band-widths, though the peak stress estimations are identical. Secondly, the fatigue properties of CMCs can be highly frequency-dependent. The fatigue evaluation method for the random vibration case is adopted to evaluate the fatigue damage of a representative stiffened panel structure. The frequency effect through S-N curves on random fatigue damage is numerically verified. Finally, a parameter is demonstrated to characterize the mean vibration frequency of a random process, and hence this parameter can further be considered as a reasonable loading frequency in the fatigue tests of CMCs to obtain more reliable S-N curves. Therefore, the influence of vibration frequency can be incorporated in the random fatigue model from the two perspectives.
KeywordsRandom fatigue Frequency effect Ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) S-N curve Loading frequency
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