Description

Metal foams are at the forefront of technological development for the automotive, aerospace, and other weight-dependent industries. They are formed by various methods, but the key facet of their manufacture is the inclusion of air or other gaseous pockets in the metal structure. The fact that gas pockets are present in their structure provides an obvious weight advantage over traditionally cast or machined solid metal components. The unique structure of metal foams also opens up more opportunities to improve on more complex methods of producing parts with space inclusions such as sand-casting. This guide provides information on the advantages metal foams possess, and the applications for which they may prove suitable.

Key Features

Offers a concise description of metal foams, their manufacture, and their advantages in industry Provides engineers with answers to pertinent questions surrounding metal foams Satisfies a major need in the market for information on the properties, performance, and applications of these materials

Readership

Materials and metallurgy scientists and students Design Engineers in automobile, air, and mechanical engineering Foundry technicians and development staff

Table of Contents

Introduction; Making Metal Foams; Characterization Methods; Properties of Metal Foams; Design Analysis for Material Selection; Design Formulae for Simple Structures; A Constitutive Model for Metal Foams; Design for Creep with Metal Foams; Sandwich Structures; Energy Management: Packaging and Blast Protection; Sound Absorption and Vibration Suppression; Thermal Management and Heat Transfer; Electrical Properties of Metal Foams; Cutting, Finishing and Joining; Cost Estimation and Viability; Case Studies; Suppliers of Metal Foams; Web Sites; Index .

Details

No. of pages:
251
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2000
Published:
Imprint:
Butterworth-Heinemann
Print ISBN:
9780750672191
Electronic ISBN:
9780080511467

About the authors

Michael Ashby

Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK Mike Ashby is sole or lead author of several of Elsevier’s top selling engineering textbooks, including Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Materials and the Environment, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design. He is also coauthor of the books Engineering Materials 1&2, and Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

Tony Evans

Affiliations and Expertise

Princeton University

NA Fleck

Affiliations and Expertise

Cambridge Centre for Micromechanics, University of Cambridge

J.W. Hutchinson

Affiliations and Expertise

Division of Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA

H.N.G. Wadley

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Virginia

L. J. Gibson

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Reviews

Offers an insight into metal foams which are often at the forefront of technological development for the automotive, aerospace, and other weight-dependent industries.The text provides an excellent data base of information on the properties, performance, and applications of these materials.The text offers a concise description of metal foams...applications are nicely covered. -Sampe Journal Offers a concise description of metal foams, their manufacture, and their advantages in industry. Provides engineers with answers to vital design questions surrounding metal foams. Satisfies a major need for information on the properties, performance, and applications of these materials. -Engineering Designer ...this book is an interesting read even for those with little research or commercial interest in metallic foams. -Materials World This book does what the title suggests-it provides the reader with a rich resource on metallic foams. It is bang up-to-date, with many references less than two years old. -Materials World ...this book has everything you ever wanted to know about metalic foams but were afraid to ask. -Materials World