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Metal Foams: A Design Guide

1st Edition - June 21, 2000

Authors: Michael F. Ashby, Tony Evans, NA Fleck, J.W. Hutchinson, H.N.G. Wadley, L. J. Gibson

Language: English
Hardback ISBN:
9 7 8 - 0 - 7 5 0 6 - 7 2 1 9 - 1
eBook ISBN:
9 7 8 - 0 - 0 8 - 0 5 1 1 4 6 - 7

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 ke… Read more

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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.