Metal Foams: A Design Guide

Metal Foams: A Design Guide

1st Edition - June 21, 2000

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  • Authors: Michael Ashby, Tony Evans, NA Fleck, J.W. Hutchinson, H.N.G. Wadley, L. J. Gibson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080511467

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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


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 .

Product details

  • No. of pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2000
  • Published: June 21, 2000
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080511467

About the Authors

Michael Ashby

Michael Ashby
Mike Ashby is one of the world’s foremost authorities on materials selection. He 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, Materials and Sustainable Development, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design. He is also co-author of the books Engineering Materials 1&2, and Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge, and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, 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

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