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Experimental and micromechanical study of size effects in the constrained deformation of metallic foams

Chen, C and Fleck, NA and Shen, YP (2003) Experimental and micromechanical study of size effects in the constrained deformation of metallic foams. Key Engineering Materials, 243-24. pp. 421-426. ISSN 1013-9826

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Previous investigations have unveiled size effects in the strength of metallic foams under simple shear - the shear strength increases with diminishing specimen size, a phenomena similar to that shown by Fleck et al. (Acta Mat., 1994, Vol. 42, p. 475.) on the torsion tests of copper wires of various radii. In this study, experimental study of the constrained deformation of a foam layer sandwiched between two steel plates has been conducted. The sandwiched plates are subjected to combined shear and normal loading. It is found that measured yield loci of metallic foams in the normal and shear stress space corresponding to various foam layer thicknesses are self-similar in shape but their size increases as the foam layer thickness decreases. Moreover, the strains profiles across the foam layer thickness are parabolic instead of uniform; their values increase from the interfaces between the foam layer and the steel plates and reach their maximum in the middle of the foam layer, yielding boundary layers adjacent to the steel plates. In order to further explore the origin of observed size effects, micromechanics models have been developed, with the foam layer represented by regular and irregular honeycombs. Though the regular honeycomb model is seen to underestimate the size effects, the irregular honeycomb model faithfully captures the observed features of the constrained deformation of metallic foams.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Metallic foams Micromechanics modelling Size effects
Divisions: Div C > Materials Engineering
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Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 13:54
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 07:57