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Dynamic viscous permeability of an open-cell aluminum foam: Computations versus experiments

C. Perrot 1 F. Chevillotte 1 R. Panneton 1 
1 GAUS - Groupe d'Acoustique de l'Université de Sherbrooke
UdeS - Département de génie mécanique [Sherbrooke]
Abstract : Is it possible to find a two-dimensional (2D) periodic unit cell representative of the dynamic viscous dissipation properties of a real porous media? This is a challenging question addressed in this paper through a review of tools and methods of experimental and computational micro(poro)mechanics. The combination of advanced experimental imaging and numerical homogenization techniques provides a unique opportunity to understand and assess the limits of two-dimensional models of microstructures, as a potential basis for the engineering prediction of macroscopic properties of acoustical materials. This is illustrated for a real sample of open-cell aluminum foam. The conclusion, based on this analysis, is that the 2D periodic foam model geometry provides a reliable estimate of the dynamic permeability, except in the low frequency range. This is not surprising because in the 2D periodic foam model geometry, ligaments are always perpendicular to the flow direction, thus decreasing artificially the static permeability of the viscous flow.
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C. Perrot, F. Chevillotte, R. Panneton. Dynamic viscous permeability of an open-cell aluminum foam: Computations versus experiments. Journal of Applied Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2008, 103 (2), pp.024909-8. ⟨10.1063/1.2829774⟩. ⟨hal-00731804⟩



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