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Low energy impact damage modes in aluminum foam and polymer foam sandwich structures

Compston, Paul; Styles, Millicent; Kalyanasundaram, Shankar


The energy absorption of an aluminum foam sandwich structure and a conventional polymer foam sandwich structure is similar for impacts ranging from 5 to 25 J. The polymer foam-based samples exhibit localized damage in the form of skin fracture and core crushing, but with negligible permanent out-of-plane deformation. In contrast, the aluminum foam-based samples show little fracture but exhibit extensive out-of-plane deformation radiating from the impact point. This deformation suggests that the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials
DOI: 10.1177/1099636206064824


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