Static and dynamic axial crushing of foam-filled sheet metal tubes

S. R. Reid*, T. Y. Reddy, M. D. Gray

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Experimental results are provided for the quasi-static and dynamic axial crushing of thin-walled square and rectangular tubes manufactured from sheet metal. The tubes were tested both empty and filled with polyurethane foam of various densities. Both the stability and the energy absorbing characteristics of the tubes are described and discussed. Simple theoretical models are proposed to explain and quantify the interaction between the foam and the sheet metal tubes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-322
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1986


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