Mechanical Behaviour under Quasi-Static Loading of Open-Cell Foams of 6061-T6 Al Alloys Processed by Pressurized Salt Infiltration Technique
Here, we report the mechanical behaviour of open-cell foams of 6061-T6 Al-alloys under quasi-static loading. The foams were processed by pressurized salt infiltration technique with efficient control over pore size and distribution. Spherical salt beads of NaCl of required size distribution were used as preforms. The molten alloy was infiltrated into the preforms under an inert gas pressure of 2 bar followed by cooling and leaching of the salt pattern in a suitable aqueous medium. The pressurized infiltration process is convenient to overcome the capillary forces arising from the non-wetting conditions between salt beads and molten alloys and offers a versatile and economical route for the production of open-cell foams. The shape, size and distribution of the pores were studied with optical microscope and X-ray computed tomography (X-ray CT). The developed foam samples were cut into required dimensions following ASTM E9-09 standard and their mechanical properties were analyzed under quasi-static compressive loading.
Guojian Chen, Haider F. Abdul Amir, Puneet Tandon, Poi Sim Khiew
B. Soni and S. Biswas, "Mechanical Behaviour under Quasi-Static Loading of Open-Cell Foams of 6061-T6 Al Alloys Processed by Pressurized Salt Infiltration Technique", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 706, pp. 23-28, 2016