Continuous production of dissimilar alloy porous aluminum by conveyor with optical heating

Masataka Ohashi, Yoshihiko Hangai, Hironao Mitsugi, Kenji Amagai, Takao Utsunomiya

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Porous aluminum is multifunctional metal materials with light weight and high energy absorption properties. In our previous study, it was shown that continuously production of same alloy porous aluminum by continuously foaming of precursors using a conveyor with optical heating was possible. In this study, continuously foaming of dissimilar alloy precursors on same line was investigated. It is difficult to foam dissimilar alloy precursors on same line because their liquidus temperatures are different. So each heat input of precursor was adjusted by changing distance between precursor and halogen lamps. Two types of precursors, commercially pure aluminum (A1050) and die-casting aluminum alloy (ADC12), were fabricated via the friction stir welding route. Continuously production of dissimilar alloy porous aluminums was carried out by passing of precursors below heating area of halogen lamps. It was found that different alloy aluminum precursors can be continuously foamed on the same line. The obtained porous aluminum had porosity with approximately 80% and good pore structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-179
Number of pages3
JournalKeikinzoku/Journal of Japan Institute of Light Metals
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Apr 15


  • Conveyor
  • Foam
  • Friction stir welding
  • Optical heating
  • Porous aluminum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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