An analytical investigation on the crushing behavior of thin-walled tubes filled with a foam with strain hardening region

Seyed Sajad Barzigar, Hamed Ahmadi, GholamHossein Liaghat

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Abstract

In this paper, the axial crushing behavior of a foam-filled thin-walled circular tube, assuming the strain hardening for the foam. The theoretical model is based on the super folding element and unlike the previous researches, the interaction effect between the wall of the tube and the foam which had a tangent modulus ( E t ) in the plateau region is considered. The governing equations of energy absorption consist of four types of consuming energy mechanisms: membrane deformation, bending deformation, the interaction between the tube and foam, and axial crushing of the foam. In order to validate the theoretical model, the results of the model are compared with numerical simulations presented in this paper and previous experimental results and reveal good agreement. Furthermore, the effects of different values of tangent modulus ( E t ) of the foam material on the folding length, crushing force, energy absorption, and specific energy absorption of the foam-filled circular tube are also investigated and the changes in the energy-consuming mechanisms are fully described. According to the results, as the value of the tangent modulus of the foam material increased, the value of mean crushing force, energy absorption, and specific energy absorption of the foam-filled circular tube increased, too, and the folding length decreased.
Original languageEnglish
Article number110169
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Volume182
Issue numberPart A
Early online date3 Oct 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Keywords

  • Circular tubes
  • Super folding element
  • Foam-filled
  • Theoretical model
  • Strain hardening
  • Tangent modulus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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