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Mechanics in Engineering ›› 2008, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (1): 1-9.doi: 10.6052/1000-0992-2007-449

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MULTIFUNCTIONAL DESIGN OF CELLULAR METALS: A REVIEW

  

  • Received:2007-09-29 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2008-02-08 Published:2008-02-08

Abstract: The multifunctional properties of highly porous cellular metals see attractive industrial and military applications. Recent developments in the theoretical determination of effective stress-strain relations using the method of homogenization and the multifunctional optimal design of these novel materials are reviewed. The multifunctions include load bearing, thermal/noise management, blast resistance and structural actuating. Metallic foams with random cellular topologies and periodic lattice metals are respectively considered.