Plastic deformation mechanisms in axially compressed metal tubes used as impact energy absorbers

S. R. Reid*

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Abstract

The characteristics of a number of metal components proposed as impact energy absorbers are reviewed, attention being focussed on to modes of deformation which stem from the axial compression of metal tubes. Progressive buckling, inversion and splitting are discussed and areas for future work identified. The buckling of thin-walled square section tubes filled with polyurethane foam is also described. Reference is also made to recent work on cellular materials which highlights the influence of inertia in axially compressed tubes and tubular arrays.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1035-1052
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical Sciences
Volume35
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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