Modeling creep behavior in ceramic matrix composites

Khaled H. Khafagy, Christopher Sorini, Travis Skinner, Aditi Chattopadhyay

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In this work, a three-dimensional viscoplasticity formulation with progressive damage is developed and used to investigate the complex time-dependent constituent load transfer and progressive damage behavior in ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) subjected to creep. The viscoplasticity formulation is based on Hill's orthotropic plastic potential, an associative flow rule, and the Norton-Bailey creep power law with Arrhenius temperature dependence. A fracture mechanics-informed isotropic matrix damage model is used to account for CMC brittle matrix damage initiation and propagation, in which two scalar damage variables capture the effects of matrix porosity as well as matrix property degradation due to matrix crack initiation and propagation. The Curtin progressive fiber damage model is utilized to simulate progressive fiber failure. The creep-damage formulation is subsequently implemented as a constitutive model in the generalized method of cells (GMC) micromechanics formulation to simulate time-dependent deformation and material damage under creep loading conditions. The developed framework is used to simulate creep of single fiber SiC/SiC microcomposites. Simulation results are in excellent agreement with experimental and numerical data available in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12651-12660
Number of pages10
JournalCeramics International
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2021


  • Ceramic matrix composites
  • Creep
  • Damage evolution
  • Micromechanics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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