Compressive properties and imaging analysis of a new metal foam-natural rubber hybrid structure

A Chaturvedi, G Sanyal, S Chaturvedi, AS Patil

Abstract


In this study an attempt has been made to create a new hybrid structure. The hybrid structure has been made by hierarchically combining closed cell Aluminum foam and natural rubber. The hybrid structure, when subjected to compressive loading, displayed improved energy absorption characteristics compared to its parent monoliths. It also displayed significant strain recovery post deformation. High resolution imaging was also carried out to compare the internal structure of hybrid samples before and after compression. Critical discussion of the experimental results has been made.

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