Toward a Method for Evaluating the Applicability of Aluminum Foam Sandwich

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Patrick Hommel, Daniel Roth, Hansgeorg Binz, Matthias Kreimeyer
Series: DESIGN
Institution: University of Stuttgart, Germany
Section: Design Support Tools and Methods
Page(s): 455-464
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Aluminum foam sandwich (AFS) is an innovative material for lightweight structures due to its various advantages (e.g. low specific mass). Today, many material properties (e.g. strength) are still not well researched, which is why AFS is not yet considered in current material selection processes. Therefore, AFS has rarely been used in the past and its application potential remains unused. This paper presents an approach toward an appropriate method for considering AFS in material selection processes to assist designers in evaluating whether the use of AFS in an application is profitable.

Keywords: lightweight design, design for x (DfX), design methods, material selection, aluminum foam sandwich

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