Ceramic materials often exhibit a combination of useful physical and mechanical properties, including high refractoriness, but their applications are restricted due to their brittle behaviour; in an attempt to improve the strength, and particularly the toughness, of brittle ceramics particle-strengthening and fibre-reinforcement have been utilized, with limited success. The factors which affect the mechanical properties of these composite systems are discussed, and the various experimental systems that have been investigated are reviewed. It is concluded that, although the potential applications of such materials are extremely diverse, several important aspects, particularly the effect that matrix microcracking may have on the mechanical and thermal stability of reinforced-ceramic systems, must be fully evaluated before ceramic-matrix composites can seriously be considered as useful replacements for more conventional materials.
Composite Structures- NDT Resource Center
POLYMER MATRIX MATERIALS: ADVANCED COMPOSITES- United States Department of Labor
Polymer Matrix Composites-BKLR
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