Predicting strength of porous materials: A microstructure-based approach (ARC Discovery Project administered by the University of WA) (2017–2019)
The aim of this project is to develop a predictive theory of strength for unflawed, low-ductility porous materials. This is a major unsolved problem in computational solid mechanics. The theory will be developed in concert with a series of experiments conducted on porous metallic and polymeric samples made using additive manufacturing, which will require an enhanced understanding and then optimisation of the building of fine scale features. This fundamental deepening of the current understanding of strength will result in an improved ability to design stronger materials, in particular by taking advantage of and extending the capabilities afforded by the rapidly developing field of 3D printing.