Journal of Metals, Materials and Minerals

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Interpenetrating phase composites (IPCs) were produced by conventional casting process, in vacuum atmosphere, using open-cell Al foams as matrix, and filled with either natural rubber or polyethylene. Mechanical properties of IPCs strongly depends on types of polymeric phases. It is found that the IPCs with polyethylene show an increase in compressive strength as well as failure strain. However, a large decrease of compressive strength is observed in the IPCs with natural rubber, as a result of cracks along the interface between Al foam and the rubber. These cracks are distributed throughout foam structure in the IPCs.

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