Micro-mechanical modeling of cellular materials with refinements on fracture and damage
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Project title:
Micro-mechanical modeling of cellular materials with

refinements on fracture and damage.



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Cellular materials are widely used as cores in sandwich composites, for packing and cushioning.

The main characteristics of foams are light weight, high porosity, high crushability and good energy absorption capacity. Present project propose to develop micro-mechanical models in order to predict the mechanical properties of cellular materials with a focus on modeling the fracture and the influence of damage on the mechanical response.

Project combine analytical methods, with numerical micro-mechanical finite element analysis and experimental investigations: materials testing and investigating the damage mechanisms by digital image correlation and thermography. The novelty of the project will be highlited by the size and notch effect for cellular materials, and by investigating the effect of microstructural damage on the mechanical response of cellular materials.


Important dates:
Starting date: 05.10.2011

Closing date: 04.10.2016

Duration: 60 months

POLITEHNICA University of Timisoara, ROMANIA

Prof. Dr. Eng. Liviu MARSAVINA

Research Team:

Prof. Dr. Eng. Dan Mihai Constantinescu - Senior Researcher

Dr. Eng. Emanoil LINUL - Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Eng. Dragos A. APOSTOL - Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Eng. Cristian NES - Postdoctoral Researcher

Eng. Tudor VOICONI - PhD Student

Eng. Dan Andrei SERBAN - PhD Student

Eng. Florin STUPARU - PhD Student



To contact us:

Department Mechanics and Strength of Materials

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

POLITEHNICA University of Timisoara

Blvd. M. Viteazu, No. 1, Timisoara 300222, ROMANIA

Phone:    0040-256-403577

Fax:         0040-256-403523

E-mail:    msvina@mec.upt.ro