Impact Response and Energy Absorption of Aluminium Foam-Filled Tubes
The effect of foam fillers on the impact behaviour and energy absorption of an aluminium tube is investigated. Both experimental test and computational simulation are employed in current study. For comparison, hollow tubes and foams are also tested, respectively. Foam filler is found to be ineffective in increasing the crushing loads of the composite tubes over the simple superposition of the crushing loads of hollow tube and foam. Also, foam filler increases the tendency for the concertina mode of folding. The foam fillers of tubes additionally result in increasing the SAE values over those of hollow tubes.
Y. An et al., "Impact Response and Energy Absorption of Aluminium Foam-Filled Tubes", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 152-154, pp. 436-439, 2012