Elastic moduli of a composite of hollow spheres in a matrix

J. S. Huang, L. J. Gibson

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Low density foams deform primarily by bending of the cell edges. Their mechanical properties could be improved by increasing the flexural rigidity of the wall. The introduction of a high volume fraction of thin walled hollow spheres into a foamed matrix produces a composite cellular solid with a sandwich cell wall: the walls of the spheres act as the faces of the sandwich while the foamed matrix acts as the core. As a first step to producing cellular solids with sandwich cell walls, in this paper we describe the elastic moduli of a composite cellular solid made by introducing thin walled hollow spheres into a solid matrix.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-75
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1993 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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