Numerical Simulation of Compressive Response of Open-Cell Aluminum Foams
The compressive properties of open-cell aluminum foams are numerically studied using representative volume elements by means of the finite element method. Four face body centered cubic cell arrangements are analyzed, namely uniform-size with spherical pores and dual-size with spherical pores. The results demonstrated that a cell configuration with dual-size pore arrangement presents improved properties for applications subjected to compression loading. This is attributed to the introduction of secondary pores in the cell structure that provide an increase in the specific stiffness and strength of open-cell aluminum foams.
Dashnor Hoxha, Francisco E. Rivera and Ian McAndrew
M. Machado and N. Peixinho, "Numerical Simulation of Compressive Response of Open-Cell Aluminum Foams", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 1016, pp. 156-160, 2014