Explore materials from the atomic to the continuum level, and apply your learning to mechanics and engineering problems.
Learn how to model the mechanical properties of honeycombs and foams and to apply the models to material selection in engineering design.
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 2: Applications in Medicine
- Cellular Solids 3: Applications in Nature
Taken together, these three modules provide similar content to the MIT subject 3.054: Cellular Solids: Structure, Properties, and Applications.
What you'll learn:
- 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