AuthorStone, Robert Michael, 1957-
AdvisorRichard, Ralph M.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe use of cellular foam as a core material in light-weight structural applications is of considerable interest. However, advances in this technology have been limited due to the lack of information concerning the macroscopic material behavior of cellular foams. Of particular interest in the design of composite structures is the shear modulus, G, of the core material, which must be established with a high degree of accuracy. Current ASTM test methods for shear modulus determination were researched and found inadequate for testing cellular foam materials. The difficulty in testing foam and the inaccuracies associated with the standard test methods established the need for the development of a test method for these materials. The test method (test fixture and test procedure) developed for cellular foam materials is presented. The design of the test fixture and the finite element analysis performed to determine fixture accuracy are discussed in detail. Additionally, the test procedure is presented, as well as the results for the 32 tests performed.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics