Uniform and graded chemical milling of aluminum foams

Y. Matsumoto*, A. H. Brothers, S. R. Stock, D. C. Dunand

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Commercial open-cell aluminum alloy foams are subjected to chemical dissolution to reduce their density. Dissolution rates are measured for various pH, temperature and alloy heat-treatment conditions, and the resulting foam structures and surface conditions are evaluated by microscopy and X-ray microcomputed tomography to identify conditions which minimize corrosive damage. The effect of uniform dissolution on foam compressive mechanical properties is interpreted in terms of these observations. A method for production of density-graded foam samples from uniform-density precursors is also demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-157
Number of pages8
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering: A
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Feb 25 2007


  • Al-6101
  • Chemical machining
  • Chemical milling
  • Corrosion
  • Functionally graded materials
  • Mechanical properties
  • Metallic foams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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