A constitutive model for metal matrix composites is developed and its capabilities for predicting cyclic isothermal and cyclic thermomechanical behavior are demonstrated. The silicon carbide particulate reinforced Al2xxxT4 alloy was studied experimentally and theoretically with the model. Cyclic stress-strain behavior of 15 and 20% reinforced silicon carbide particulate reinforced Al2xxx-T4 were successfully predicted at temperatures of 20, 200 and 300°C at strain rates between 3 × 10-5s-1 and 3 × 10-3s-1. The themomechanical stress-strain behaviors (Tmin = 100°C, Tmax = 200, 300°C) were studied experimentally and the results were closely predicted when temperature-strain phasing was in-phase and out-of-phase. This study clarifies the influence of mechanical property mismatch in the elastic and in the inelastic ranges vs the thermal property mismatch on composite and the matrix behaviors. The transverse and hydrostatic stresses in the matrix, developed during cyclic loading, are reported for both isothermal and thermomechanical loading conditions.
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