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Numerical Evaluation of Energy Absorption for Composite Aluminium Tubes

[+] Author Affiliations
Petrus F. J. Henning, Rolf Laubscher

University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Leon Pretorius

University of Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Paper No. IMECE2010-37639, pp. 609-619; 11 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2010-37639
From:
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 11: New Developments in Simulation Methods and Software for Engineering Applications; Safety Engineering, Risk Analysis and Reliability Methods; Transportation Systems
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4448-9
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME

abstract

This paper describes a numerical evaluation of the energy absorption capabilities of Al 6063-T6 tubes arranged as tube–in tube with and without imperfections. Reaction force vs. displacement and energy vs. displacement graphs are presented for the different configurations. This work forms the basis for an energy absorber design with application in the transport industry.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME

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