24-27 November 2022
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Europe/Berlin timezone

Numerical simulation of topologically optimized open-pore metal foams using a phase-field approach

26 Nov 2022, 16:00
Foyer (KIT Campus South)


KIT Campus South

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Talk Poster session Poster session


Jana Holland-Cunz (IAM, KIT)


The research project is located in the context of lightweight materials design and is
concerned with the topology optimization of novel foams with regard to best possible foam
structures under mechanical compressive/tensile load. The methods for topology optimisation are
based on the computer-aided design and characterisation of digital foam structures. The focus of the
project is to create a digital model that provides insight into the relation of microstructure and
properties of open-pore metal foams, and which is intended to accompany the manufacturing
process of these solid foams.
Controlling the microstructure formation in foams is key to tailoring the resulting structures with
defined geometries and properties.
This requires understanding how different pore structures influence the set of physical properties
associated with varying requirements on components and material, depending on the later
application. In this work, the foam skeleton structure formation determined by curvature
minimization is studied numerically. In order to generate topologically optimized foam structures, a
digital model is utilized. To predict the microstructure evolution, we use a numerical simulation
method based on a phase-field model to perform large-scale parallel simulations of 3D cellular
structures. Phase-field simulations focusing on the generation of a large set of varying structures
allow for investigation of the design and loading conditions relating to topology in the next project
step. Considering this set of different structures, the impact of individual foam parameters like
ligament size, overall density, or pore size distribution can be studied separately, with regard to their
impact on overall morphology. The modeling approach yields data sets of optimized foam structures
with different topological and morphological characteristics. Making use of the in-project applied
database, the interlinking of experimentally determined requirements on mechanical properties and
digitally generated structures can further enhance the optimization of the tailor-made foam

Category Solid State (Experiment)

Primary authors

Jana Holland-Cunz (IAM, KIT) Anastasia August Britta Nestler

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