How cellular solids are made
How to characterize the microstructure of cellular solids
How to model the mechanical behavior of honeycombs and foams
Application of the models in devices for energy absorption and sandwich panels
In this engineering course, we will explore the processing and structure of cellular solids as they are created from polymers, metals, ceramics, glasses and composites. We will derive models for the mechanical properties of honeycombs and foams, and we will discover how the unique properties of these materials can be exploited in applications such as lightweight structural panels, energy absorption devices, and thermal insulation.
The Cellular Solids: Structures, Properties and Engineering Applications course provides a general understanding of cellular solids. Following this module, learners will be prepared to take one or both add-on modules to learn more about applications in medicine and to cellular materials in nature:
Cellular Solids Part 2: Applications in Medicine
Cellular Solids Part 3: Applications in Nature
Taken together, these three modules provide similar content to the MIT subject 3.054: Cellular Solids: Structure, Properties, and Applications.
3.032x: Mechanical Behavior of Materials or an equivalent course in the mechanical behavior of materials