Compression properties of Al/Al-Mg-Si/Al-Si-Cu alloy Three-Layered functionally graded aluminum foam

Kousuke Saito, Yoshihiko Hangai, Takao Utsunomiya, Osamu Kuwazuru, Soichiro Kitahara, Nobuhiro Yoshikawa

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Aluminum foam is a multifunctional material with a light weight and a high energy absorption. In this study, an A1050 (pure Al)-A6061(A1-Mg-Si)-ADC12(A1- Si-Cu) aluminum alloy three-layered-structure functionally graded (FG) aluminum foam was fabricated by the friction stir welding (FSW) route. The pore structures and elemental Cu content of the fabricated A1050-A6061-ADC12 FG aluminum foam were observed nondestructively by X-ray CT inspection and Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA), respectively. It was shown that three-layered A1050-A6061-ADC12 FG aluminum foam can be fabricated with different pore structures and elemental Cu contents in each layer. The compression properties and deformation behavior of the A1050-A6061-ADC12 FG aluminum foam were obtained by a compression test. It was shown that the fabricated A1050-A6061-ADC12 FG aluminum foam exhibited three different deformation stages and three plateau regions corresponding to the pore structures and types of aluminum alloy in each layer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-434
Number of pages5
JournalNippon Kinzoku Gakkaishi/Journal of the Japan Institute of Metals
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 1



  • Cellular materials
  • Die casting
  • Friction stir welding
  • Functionally graded materials
  • X-ray computed tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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