Modeling the effects of pore arrays on the electrical and mechanical properties of copper

Carl Slater, Martin Strangwood

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The development of porous metals has led to the need for an accurate prediction of the physical and mechanical properties of the many possible fabricated structures. For applications where yield stress needs to be reduced, while maintaining a high conductivity, the optimization of the pore dimensions, volume fraction, and pore spacing is required. A finite element model has been developed to simulate the effects of these factors on the electromechanical behavior of porous copper. This model was validated against samples of copper with mechanically induced pores as well as a copper GASAR sample. Good agreement (within an error of ±3%) was shown between the model and experimental data for the resistivity and effective modulus for both the mechanically induced pore and the GASAR samples, although the low ductility of the samples was not predicted and restricts the application of the simulation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2539-2544
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number17
Early online date3 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2013


  • porosity
  • cu
  • simulation


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