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Commercial Applications of Metal Foams: Their Properties and Production

Institute of Applied Materials, Helmholtz Centre Berlin, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, Berlin 14109, Germany
Institute of Materials Science and Technologies, Technical University Berlin, Hardenbergstr. 60, Berlin 10623, Germany
Academic Editor: Sven De Schampheleire
Materials 2016, 9(2), 85;
Received: 15 December 2015 / Revised: 22 January 2016 / Accepted: 26 January 2016 / Published: 29 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metal Foams: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications)
This work gives an overview of the production, properties and industrial applications of metal foams. First, it classifies the most relevant manufacturing routes and methods. Then, it reviews the most important properties, with special interest in the mechanical and functional aspects, but also taking into account costs and feasibility considerations. These properties are the motivation and basis of related applications. Finally, a summary of the most relevant applications showing a large number of actual examples is presented. Concluding, we can forecast a slow, but continuous growth of this industrial sector. View Full-Text
Keywords: metal foam; metal sponge; production; properties; commercial application metal foam; metal sponge; production; properties; commercial application
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García-Moreno, F. Commercial Applications of Metal Foams: Their Properties and Production. Materials 2016, 9, 85.

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