Muhammad Shaheer

Muhammad Shaheer

Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics BEng

FEA Modelling of Hybrid Phenolic Foam

Hybrid phenolic foams today offer many improvements over currently used foam material in the aerospace industry. Porosity of the foam is the most important factor in determining the foam material properties. In order to reduce manufacturing cost, an experimentally validated Finite Element Analysis (FEA) model would be valuable in reducing waste. The user can take off-the-shelf foam of known porosity and carry out experiments. The results obtained can then be used to tune the FEA models for that specific foam for the given experiments. The FEA model will simulate a range of material characterisation tests for a range of foam porosities. The end user is not required to be an FEA analyst. The aim for this project is to enable the end user to obtain the porosity needed to achieve specific material properties without having to manufacturing and test foams for all possible porosities. Currently, the project allows for compression, heat transfer, shear and tension tests to simulation in 2D. The Python language is being used to manage the FEA simulation and user interaction.