A growing interest in the field of cellular materials was witnessed over the last 20 years. Therefore, this workshop will present the latest advances on multifunctional lightweight cellular metals, their manufacturing methods and their performance for functional and structural engineering applications. These materials are available as closed-cell and open-cell foams, hollow-sphere foams, syntactic foams, periodic and optimized truss structures and honeycombs. Structures based on cellular metals with interconnected porosity are extensively used as heat exchangers, filters, electrodes, shock absorbers, etc., taking advantages of their high specific surface area and high thermal and electrical conductivities. On the other hand, structures based on cellular metals with closed-porosity are used in structural engineering applications (e.g., automotive, aerospace, industrial equipment and building construction) that require lightweight structures with high strength-to-weight and stiffness-to-weight ratios, high impact energy absorbing capacity and/or with a good damping of noise and vibration. Currently, these environmentally friendly structures are used in reducing the weight of vehicles’ body and, therefore, the vehicle’s fuel consumption (also minimizing carbon dioxide emissions), as well as providing enhanced active and passive safety, comfort and performance.



14:00 – 14:15 Opening Session
Isabel Duarte (GRIDS, TEMA), António Andrade-Campos (GRIDS, TEMA), António Bastos (TEMA), Vítor Costa (DEM)

14:15 – 14:45 Overview of multifunctional lightweight cellular metals
Isabel Duarte, TEMA, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Aveiro, Portugal

14:45 – 15:15 Auxetic behaviour obtained by cellular metallic structures: advantages and applications
Vítor Carneiro, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal

15:15 – 15:45 Design of cellular metals for compressive loading with controlled internal geometry
Nuno Peixinho, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal

16:45 – 17:15 Recent advancements in perlite-metal syntactic foams
Thomas Fiedler, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle, Australia

17:15 – 17:45 Mechanical behaviour of cellular metals
Matej Vesenjak, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maribor, Slovenia


Organising Committee
Isabel Duarte (Chairperson, GRIDS-TEMA, UA)
António Andrade-Campos
Robertt Valente


Workshop Location
Auditorium @ Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Aveiro



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