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scant. Gupta et al (2004a; b; 2005; 2007) analyzed creep response of rotating

composite disks made of MMCs based on aluminum or aluminum alloy matrix,

while describing its creep behavior by substructure-invariant model with a stress

exponent of 8. A detailed analysis of the published creep data for aluminum-based

composites suggests that the substructure-invariant model is untenable because it

leads to consistently higher value of activation energies for creep than anticipated

for lattice self-diffusion in aluminum. It is suggested that the creep behavior of

aluminum / aluminum alloy based composites could be analyzed in a better way by

assuming the flow to be controlled by creep of matrix material so that the true

stress exponent (n) is ~3 or ~5 (Cadek et al, 1995; Li and Langdon, 1999). In this

context, it is important that a study may be conducted to investigate the impact of

stress exponent (n) on the creep response of a rotating composite disk.

The stresses produced in the disk are due to rotary motion, which can be

reduced by increasing the thickness of the disk, as is evident from a number of

studies reported for variable thickness rotating disk made of monolithic

material. Based on these observations, a need is felt to carry out a detailed

analysis of the steady state creep in rotating disks made of composite material

and having different kinds of thickness profiles.

In view of the potential of FGMs to withstand severe thermo-mechanical

loadings, studies have been conducted to analyze creep in rotating disk made of

isotropic FG composites (Singh and Ray; 2001; 2003a Gupta et al, 2004b;

2005). In all these analyses, the disk was assumed to be of constant thickness

and having a radially varying distribution of SiCp in a matrix of pure aluminum.