Compressive behavior of a rolled open-cell aluminum foam Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 Elsevier B.V. In this paper, we investigate compressive behavior of an open-cell 6101 aluminum foam in as-cast and as-rolled conditions. The as-cast foam with a relative density of * = 7% was rolled to create two distinct as-rolled conditions with relative densities of * = 29% and * = 42%, respectively. The quasi-static and high strain rate compressive behavior was studied over a range of strain rates 104 /s 5 103/s. It was found that the internal structure of as-rolled foams significantly differs from as-cast foams. Rolling causes plastic bending, stretching, and buckling of individual struts and ligaments, resulting in reduced pore size and an increase in relative density. In as-rolled condition, compressive plateau strength increased with increase in *; it was up to 26 times higher as compared to the as-cast condition. In the range of strain rates considered here, strain rate sensitive compressive behavior was not observed; instead, the intrinsic strain rate sensitivity of parent material governed the compressive behavior in all conditions. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of using conventional rolling as a simple way to modify internal structure and relative density of as-cast foams, thereby enabling mechanical properties more attractive for various structural applications.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Shunmugasamy, V. C., & Mansoor, B.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Shunmugasamy, Vasanth Chakravarthy||Mansoor, Bilal

publication date

  • January 2018