Metallurgical Transactions A

, Volume 14, Issue 9, pp 1755–1769

The mechanical properties of cellular solids

  • M. F. Ashby
  • R. F. Mehl Medalist
The 1983 Institute of Metals Lecture The Metallurgical Society of AIME

DOI: 10.1007/BF02645546

Cite this article as:
Ashby, M.F. & Medalist, R.F.M. MTA (1983) 14: 1755. doi:10.1007/BF02645546


The mechanical properties (elastic, plastic, creep, and fracture) of cellular solids or foams are related to the properties of the cell wall material and to the cell geometry. The properties are well described by simple formulae. Such materials occur widely in nature and have many potential engineering applications.

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  • M. F. Ashby
  • R. F. Mehl Medalist

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