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Preliminary NVH Characterization of Metal Foam-Polymer Interpenetrating Phase Composites

[+] Author Affiliations
Satish Sharma, Nassif E. Rayess, Nihad Dukhan

University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI

Paper No. IMECE2009-12672, pp. 445-451; 7 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 15: Sound, Vibration and Design
  • Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, November 13–19, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4388-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3863-1
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The damping and basic dynamic properties of a novel type of multifunctional hybrid material known as Metal Foam-Polymer Composite are investigated. This material is obtained by injection molding a thermoplastic polymer through an open cell Aluminum Foam, in essence creating two contiguous morphologies; an Aluminum Foam interconnected “skeleton” with the open pores filled with a similarly interconnected polymer substructure. This coexistence of both materials allows each to contribute its salient properties (e.g. the plastics contributing surface toughness and the metal foams contributing thermal stability). Basic damping testing results are presented for various Aluminum Foam porosities and pore sizes as well as for three types of polymers. A basic mathematical model of the damping is also presented. The integrity of the interface between the Aluminum Foam and the Polymer is discussed in terms of its effect on the overall material damping.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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