Post-processing includes various processes that might be required to produce finished components from the ceramic-matrix composites (CMC) materials. The processes include machining or finishing operations, coating, joining, assembly operations, and nondestructive evaluation of CMCs and its components. This article discusses the specific needs for science and technology in these areas relative to the goal of employing CMCs in a variety of applications.
This article reviews the tensile properties and toughness characteristics of discontinuously reinforced aluminum (DRA) composites in terms of particle spacing, particle size, volume fraction, matrix alloy, and matrix microstructure. Both fracture toughness data and impact toughness data of the DRA composites are summarized. The article discusses the effects of confining pressure on the ductility of the DRA materials. It describes the fatigue behavior, such as stress-life behavior, strain-life behavior, and fatigue crack propagation, of the DRA.