Effect of Patterned Inclusions on the Fracture Behavior of Ceramic Composites


Developments in additive manufacturing have enabled the reinforcement of ceramic composites across the scales. Understanding the fracture behavior of such composites is critical for structural design and engineering. However, systematic investigations on the relationship between the patterning characteristics and the effective fracture properties have been scarce. This work proposes a mixed-mode phase field model to investigate the effects of elastic modulus and pattern characteristics of circular inclusions on the fracture behavior of a ceramic composite beam. The modeling results have shown that the stiff and compliant inclusions can either repel or attract the crack. The extent of repelling and attraction can be controlled by altering the pattern characteristics. In addition, utilizing the relationship between the pattern characteristics and resulting fracture path, fracture growth can be controlled with appropriate inclusion properties. The targeted enhancement in fracture toughness can also be predicted using an effective fracture model linked with the underlying fracture path computed by the proposed mixed-mode phase field model.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Center for Research in Energy and Environment (CREE)

Second Research Center/Lab

Center for High Performance Computing Research

Keywords and Phrases

Ceramic-matrix composites; Mixed-mode fracture; Particle-reinforcement; Phase-field implementation

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

1359-8368; 1879-1069

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Article - Journal

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Publication Date

01 Sep 2019