Fatigue Life Prediction of Ceramic-Matrix Composites

  • Longbiao LiEmail author


In this chapter, the fatigue lifetime of fiber-reinforced ceramic-matrix composites (CMCs) at room and elevated temperatures is predicted for different testing conditions and fiber preforms. The relationships among the broken fibers fraction, applied cycle numbers, and the fatigue peak stress are established. At room temperature, the damage mechanisms of fiber/matrix interface wear degrade the fiber/matrix interface shear stress and fibers strength; and at elevated temperature in oxidative atmosphere, the damage mechanisms of fiber/matrix interface wear and oxidation degrade the fiber/matrix interface shear stress and fibers strength. The fibers broken fraction in different damage regions is determined, i.e., the interface wear region, interface oxidation region, interface debonded region, and interface bonded region. When the fibers broken fraction approaches to the critical value, the composites fatigue fracture. The fatigue limit stress and fatigue life SN curve of fiber-reinforced CMCs with different fibers preform are predicted, i.e., the unidirectional C/SiC, SiC/CAS, SiC/1723 and SiC/Si3N4, cross-ply C/SiC, SiC/CAS, SiC/1723 and SiC/BMAS, 2D woven C/SiC and SiC/SiC, 2/5D woven C/SiC, and 3D braided C/SiC composites.


Ceramic-matrix composites (CMCs) S–N curves Matrix cracking Interface debonding Fibers failure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nanjing University of Aeronautics and AstronauticsNanjingChina

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