INASMET Technological Centre is working on a project to develop metallic foams. Metal foams and cellular metals have become one the preferred research fields in mew materials in recent times. Given their special structure and extreme lightness, they have enormous potential for use in a never-ending list of applications in diverse industrial sectors.
Metallic foams are, as their name indicates, metallic materials with a porous structure. They can take either the form an open structure of interconnected pores, similar to a bath sponge or a closed structure of pores not connected to each other.
They have very low density (between 0.03-0.2 g/cc) at the same time showing some of the properties of the metal of which they are made up, together with other characteristics due to its particular structure. Thus, they are materials with a combination of very special physicochemical and mechanical properties, to such an extent that the series of properties they show is not currently covered by other materials, at the same time as they improve their respective applications.
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