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Polymeric foams 3D numerical mechanical modelling

Wednesday (24.10.2018)
19:45 - 19:48
Part of:
- Poster Battery housings for electric vehicles using CFRP and aluminium foam 0 Joachim Baumeister
- Poster Manufacturing and characterization of open-cell stainless steel foams by investment casting 1 Jan Frömert
- Poster Interface formation of Mg2X (X = Si, Sn) in cellular Si infiltrated by Mg(Sn) alloys 1 Alexander M. Matz
- Poster Production of microcellular PMMA using the bead foaming technology 1 Mikel Mugica
- Poster Nanocellular PMMA with tunable cellular structure by changing the rheological behaviour of the polymer matrix. 1 Judith Martín de León
- Poster Production of thermoplastic polyurethane foams synthesized with different contents of hard segment and graphene nanoplatelets by the gas dissolution foaming process 1 Ph.D. Mercedes Santiago-Calvo
- Poster Surface functionalized filters for aluminum melt filtration 1 Dr.-Ing. Claudia Voigt
- Poster Nanocellular polymers based on PMMA/sepiolite nanocomposites: characterization of the mechanical behaviour 1 Victoria Bernardo
- Poster Impact resistant foams based on PP/POE blends 1 Ph.D. Santiago Munoz Pascual
- Poster Crosslinked open cell ethylene butyl acrylate copolymer (EBA) foams: properties and applications 1 Ph.D. Eduardo López
- Poster Influence of molecular weight in the solubility,diffusivity and the subsequent cellular structure of polystyrene foams 1 Ph.D. Alberto Ballesteros
- Poster Crushing strength measurement at reticulated ceramic foams ex situ and in situ CT analysis 1 Dr.-Ing. Claudia Voigt
- Poster Initiation of plateau region during compression test of porous metals with aligned unidirectional pores 1 Tomoya Tamai
- Poster Active meta-materials with adjustable pore size 1 Dr. Reza Hedayati
- Poster Polymeric foams 3D numerical mechanical modelling 1 Stefano Tagliabue
- Poster Characterisation of NiTi cellular materials fabricated by the powder-metallurgy spaceholder technique 1 Dr. Karl Dahm
- Poster Accurate separation of open cell metal foams using remote laser cutting technique 1 Robert Baumann
- Poster Generation of artificial foam structures and evaluation of their thermo-mechanical, flow and filtration characteristics (Poster) 1 Christoph Settgast
- Poster Surface modification of magnesium-based foams by Directed Plasma Nanosynthesis 1 Viviana Marcela Posada Pérez

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One of the main open issues in the field of polymeric foam materials is the lack of a relationship between the foam geometrical characteristics and its constituent material properties, on one side, and the macroscopic mechanical behavior. This link is an essential ingredient for the development of a predictive numerical model able to fully describe the mechanical behavior of polymeric foams under different loading conditions, which is the ultimate goal of the present work.

In order to build up a systematic and methodological approach to this problem, polymeric structural closed cell foams having different nominal densities (ranging from 60 to 120 kg/m3) were considered. The internal foam structure was investigated throughout micro-Computed Tomography; the acquired stack of images were processed with a home-made algorithm in which Mean Intercept Length method was implemented to compute material volume distribution and the degree of structural anisotropy. The algorithm also allowed the reconstruction of the real geometry using a voxel-based scheme, to perform Finite Element Analysis. With the aim of reducing geometric discontinuities, inherent in the reconstructed voxel mesh, Taubin’s smoothing algorithm was employed to obtain more accurate results. Numerical simulations mimicking experimental quasi-static uniaxial compression test were performed to obtain nominal stress vs. strain curves. To this purpose, suitable mechanical properties were identified for the (equivalent solid) constituent material: the resulting constitutive law highlights the contribution of the material to the macroscopic foam properties. Relevant mechanical parameters such as elastic moduli, buckling strain and plateau stress were then evaluated and related to geometrical features of the real foam.

Stefano Tagliabue
Politecnico di Milano
Additional Authors:
  • Luca Andena
    Politecnico di Milano
  • Michele Nacucchi
    Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development ENEA
  • Fabio De Pascalis
    Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development ENEA