Crush performance of foam filled tubular structures made of aluminium alloys at different loading conditions
by Isabel Duarte; Matej Vesenjak; Lovre Krstulović-Opara
International Journal of Automotive Composites (IJAUTOC), Vol. 3, No. 2/3/4, 2017

Abstract: The aim of this research is to develop and characterise square and cylindrical foam filled tubular structures made of aluminium alloys. The thin-walled tubular structures were filled with a closed-cell foam during its in-situ foam formation using the powder metallurgy method. The deformation modes and compressive behaviour were studied using uniaxial compressive tests together with infrared thermography. The results demonstrate that the in-situ foam filled tubular structures have strong bonding and a high ductility that contributes to a progressive and stable axisymmetric deformation under compressive loads without the formation of cracks.

Online publication date: Fri, 20-Apr-2018

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