Composites A, Applied Science and Manufacturing vol:28A issue:5 pages:473-480
One of the problems preventing the industrial application of ceramic-matrix composites is the lack of an efficient method to detect and discriminate among types of damage occurring during service. With this in mind, the mechanical response, damage development and acoustic emission activity during monotonic tensile testing of a BMAS glass-ceramic matrix reinforced with SiC fibres have been investigated. Damage initiation and propagation were easily detected and evaluated using the acoustic emission technique. Comparing the acoustic emission activity characteristics in simple lay-ups with those of more complex lay-ups allowed discrimination between matrix microcracking, matrix macrocracking accompanied by interface debonding, and delamination cracking. In this way, the paper contributes to the development of the acoustic emission technique for in situ monitoring of damage development in ceramic-matrix composites. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science Limited.