Dynamic computer simulation and energy absorption of foam-filled conical tubes under axial impact loading

Ahmad, Zaini & Thambiratnam, David P. (2008) Dynamic computer simulation and energy absorption of foam-filled conical tubes under axial impact loading. Computers and Structures, 87(3-4), pp. 186-197.

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This paper treats the dynamic response and energy absorption of aluminum foamfilled conical tubes under axial impact loading using non-linear finite element techniques. The influence of geometrical, material and loading parameters on the impact response is investigated using validated numerical models. Results are quantified in terms of important impact response parameters and indicate that the foam filler stabilizes the crushing process and thus improves the energy absorption capacity. The superior performance of foam-filled conical tubes as impact energy absorbers is evident from the results. The research information generated will be useful in developing guidance towards the design of these devices in impact applications.

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ID Code: 14166
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer contact the author.
Keywords: conical tube, impact, foam, filled, energy absorption, finite element, crashworthiness
DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruc.2008.10.003
ISSN: 0045-7949
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 David P. Thambiratnam and Zaini Ahmad
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2015 04:13

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