Failure and Damage in Cellular Materials

  • Liviu Marsavina
  • Dan M. Constantinescu
Part of the CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 560)


This chapter presents the main aspects on failure and damage of cellular materials. Tensile, compression and fracture mechanics properties of plastic foams are presented and the main influence factors are investigated: density, temperature, loading speed and loading direction. Particularly for fracture toughness the mixed mode loading and size effects are discussed. The potential of digital image correlation as a tool to observe the damage of polyurethane foams is also highlighted.


Fracture Toughness Digital Image Correlation Polyurethane Foam Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics Carbon Foam 
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© CISM, Udine 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Liviu Marsavina
    • 1
  • Dan M. Constantinescu
    • 2
  1. 1.Universitatea Politehnica TimişoaraTimişoaraRomania
  2. 2.Universitatea Politehnica BucureştiBucureştiRomania

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