Influence of Cell Size on Re-Entrant Transformation of Negative Poisson's Ratio Reticulated Polyurethane Foams

Yun-Che Wang, Roderic Lakes, Amanda Butenhoff

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Abstract

Several foams of different cell-size, including Scott Industrial polyurethane foam with large cells (20 pores per inch, ppi, or 1.2 mm per pore, black), medium cells (65 ppi, or 0.4 mm per pore, green), and near-microcellular (100 ppi, 0.25 mm per pore, white), were processed over various time and temperature regimes to ascertain the role of cell size in transformation to negative Poisson's ratio materials. These foams were transformed successfully, and exhibited negative Poisson's ratio behavior. Poisson's ratio was measured using a new laser based setup. For all as-received (unprocessed) foams with different cell sizes, Poisson's ratio decreased with compressive axial strain and increased with tensile strain up to a maximum. The maximum Poisson's ratio in tension decreased as cell size increases. The strain at which maximum Poisson's ratio occurs, increased with cell size. In negative Poisson's ratio foams, minimum Poisson's ratios of -0.8, -0.5, and -0.4 for 20 ppi, 65 ppi, and 100 ppi foams, respectively were observed. Furthermore, the cell size effects on transformation parameters were also found.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-385
Number of pages13
JournalCellular Polymers
Volume20
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry

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