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Micromechanical modeling of the elastic behavior of unidirectional CVI SiC/SiC composites

Abstract : The elastic behavior of SiC/SiC composite is investigated at the scale of the tow through a micromechanical modeling taking into account the heterogeneous nature of the microstructure. The paper focuses on the sensitivity of transverse properties to the residual porosity resulting from the matrix infiltration process. The full analysis is presented stepwise, starting from the microstructural characterization to the study of the impact of pore shape and volume fraction. Various Volume Elements (VEs) of a virtual microstructure are randomly generated. Their microstructural properties are validated with respect to an experimental characterization based on high definition SEM observations of real materials, using various statistical descriptors. The linear elastic homogenization is performed using finite elements calculations for several VE sizes and boundary conditions. Important fluctuations of the apparent behavior, even for large VEs, reveal that scales are not separated. Nevertheless, a homogeneous equivalent behavior is estimated by averaging apparent behaviors of several VEs smaller than the Representative Volume Element (RVE). Therefore, the impact of the irregular shape of the pores on the overall properties is highlighted by comparison to a simpler cylindrical porous microstructure. Finally, different matrix infiltration qualities are simulated by several matrix thicknesses. A small increase in porosity volume fraction is shown to potentially lead to an important fall of transverse elastic moduli together with high stress concentrations.
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Camille Chateau, L. Gélébart, Michel Bornert, Jérôme Crépin. Micromechanical modeling of the elastic behavior of unidirectional CVI SiC/SiC composites. International Journal of Solids and Structures, Elsevier, 2015, 58, pp.322-334. ⟨10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2014.11.020⟩. ⟨hal-01120398⟩



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