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Poroelastic properties on metal foams submitted to high pressure

16 May 2018, 17:07
New Orleans

New Orleans

Poster + 3 Minute Pitch MS 4.23: Fluid flow-fracture phenomena in porous media Parallel 8-C


Enrique Peña De la Paz (Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales)


The metallic foams are a novel possibility to impact significantly the design of materials taking into account the wide technological applications [1,2]. In this work the procedure to manufacture metallic foams with controlled porosity is presented. A high pressure cell is used to submit the metallic foams to reservoir conditions, which imply high pressures and high temperatures. The injection of the optimal fluid in metallic foams increase the pore pressure which induces a dilation of the foam [3]. These effects are described with poroelastic deformation quantities. The porous deformation is directly measured by image analysis and the well-known mechanical properties are calculated based in basic theoretical models. The aim of the present work is describe the poroelastic behavior of metallic foams [4] when they are submitted in reservoir conditions. The permeability and porosity are measured experimentally and the Carman-Kozeny [5] model is used to model our results. Our experimental results indicate that metallic foams poses high structural stability even if they are mechanically perturbed.


[1]G. A. Lara-Rodríguez, I.A. Figueroa, M. A. Suárez, O. Novelo-Peralta, I. Alfonso and R. Goodall. (2017). A replication-casting device for manufacturing open-cell Mg foams. Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 24, 16-22.
[2] Banhart, J. (2001). Manufacture, Characterisation and Application of Cellular Metals and Metal Foams. Progress in Materials Science, 46, 559-63.
[3]Elsa de la Calleja, Ignacio Figueroa, Roberto Zenit. (2018). Structural stability in metal foams under high pressure, Journal of Structural Geology (To be submitted).
[4]J. O. Osorio-Hernández, M. A. Suárez, R. Goodall, G. A. Lara-Rodríguez, I. Alfonso and I. A. Figueroa. (2014). Manufacturing of open-cell Mg foams by replication process and mechanical properties. Materials and Design, 64, 136-141.
[5] Dante Hernandez-Diaz, Oscar Chavez, Alberto Beltran, Armando Garcia, Baltasar Mena, and R. Zenit, Experimental study of the effect of wettability on the relative permeability for air-water flow through porous media (Submitted 2017)

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Enrique Peña De la Paz (Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales) Dr Elsa de la Calleja (Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Prof. Ignacio Figueroa (Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

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