Processing and properties of titanium metal matrix composites

Pollard, Sarah Louise (2011). Processing and properties of titanium metal matrix composites. University of Birmingham. Eng.D.

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This thesis addresses aspects of the development of both processing methods and the assessment of the mechanical properties of titanium metal matrix composites in order for the material to be introduced with confidence into aero-engine applications.

Assessment of the SM1140+ fibre has been carried out and compared with the SCS-6 and Trimarc fibres in order to gain an appreciation of the performance of these fibres in relation to each other to aid fibre selection and to aid further development of composite components. The SM1140+ fibre is found to fail almost always from the core and is consistent with a statistical distribution that can be modelled by a unimodal Weibull approach.

The development of the SM2156 fibre was made in an effort to produce both a UK source and a lower cost source of fibre. Mechanical testing of fibre in both as-received and composite form revealed a decrease in strength when compared with results for the virgin, uncoated fibre and by deduction from SCS-6 composite mechanical behaviour. The deterioration of fibre properties appears to be caused by the rough surface of the SiC fibre causing a ‘keying’ effect that inhibits interfacial sliding.

The high rate sputtering deposition process has been developed in order to obtain an alternative, lower cost method of producing matrix coated fibre. Testing of the MCF showed a mild deterioration of fibre strength during processing (due to fibre spooling), but still demonstrated the composite shows potential for production given further development.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Eng.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Eng.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Metallurgy and Materials
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Subjects: T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy


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