Metallic foams are known for their interesting physical and mechanical properties such as high stiffness, very low specific weight, high compression strength, unusual acoustic and thermal properties and good energy absorption characteristics. These materials are currently manufactured by means of several different processes. The limit of these conventional technologies is the impossibility to produce foams with complex geometry. This paper deals with the study of an innovative method to produce complex shaped precursors for aluminum foams through cold gas dynamic spray deposition process (CGDS). Aluminum alloy (Al-Si) fine powders were previously mixed with the blowing agent (titanium-hydride, TiH2). The mixing process was carried out by means of sound-assisted fluidized bed apparatus that allows to obtain an homogeneous mixture of the two elements. The mixed particles were then sprayed by means of the CGDS process on a stainless steel sheet that simulates the real component to be reinforced with the foam. Subsequently the obtained precursor was heated up in a furnace The produced metal foam was characterized using optical and electron microscopy in order to study the cell morphology and distribution. The obtained results showed the effectiveness of this method to produce aluminum foams with complex shape

An Innovative Method to Produce Metal Foam Using Cold Gas Dynamic Spray Process Assisted by Fluidized Bed Mixing of Precursors

RUBINO, FELICE;AMMENDOLA, PAOLA;ASTARITA, ANTONELLO;RAGANATI, FEDERICA;SQUILLACE, ANTONINO;VISCUSI, ANTONIO;CHIRONE, Riccardo;CARRINO, LUIGI
2015

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Metallic foams are known for their interesting physical and mechanical properties such as high stiffness, very low specific weight, high compression strength, unusual acoustic and thermal properties and good energy absorption characteristics. These materials are currently manufactured by means of several different processes. The limit of these conventional technologies is the impossibility to produce foams with complex geometry. This paper deals with the study of an innovative method to produce complex shaped precursors for aluminum foams through cold gas dynamic spray deposition process (CGDS). Aluminum alloy (Al-Si) fine powders were previously mixed with the blowing agent (titanium-hydride, TiH2). The mixing process was carried out by means of sound-assisted fluidized bed apparatus that allows to obtain an homogeneous mixture of the two elements. The mixed particles were then sprayed by means of the CGDS process on a stainless steel sheet that simulates the real component to be reinforced with the foam. Subsequently the obtained precursor was heated up in a furnace The produced metal foam was characterized using optical and electron microscopy in order to study the cell morphology and distribution. The obtained results showed the effectiveness of this method to produce aluminum foams with complex shape
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