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Tubular aluminum cellular structures: Fabrication and mechanical response

Holloman, RL and Deshpande, V and Hanssen, AG and Fleming, KM and Scully, JR and Wadley, HNG (2013) Tubular aluminum cellular structures: Fabrication and mechanical response. Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures, 8. pp. 65-94. ISSN 1559-3959

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We explore a novel cellular topology structure based upon assemblies of square cross section tubes oriented in a cross-ply 2D and orthogonal 3D arrangements that can be tailored to support different combinations of through thickness and in-plane loads. A simple dip brazing approach is used to fabricate these structures from assemblies of extruded 6061-T6 aluminum alloy tubes and the through thickness compression of a variety of structures is investigated experimentally and with finite element modeling. We find that the 3D orthogonal structures have an approximately linear dependence of modulus upon relative density. However the strength has a power law dependence upon density with an exponent of approximately 5/3. These cellular structures exhibit almost ideal plastic energy absorption at pressures that can be selected by adjustment of the vertical and in-plane tube wall thicknesses. A finite element model with a nonlinear hardening constitutive law is used to explore the buckling modes of the structure, and to investigate the relationship between cell topology, relative density, tube wall material properties and the cellular structures resistance to compression.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div C > Materials Engineering
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 02:17
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 04:45
DOI: 10.2140/jomms.2013.8.65