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3.054 Cellular Solids: Structure, Properties and Applications (Spring 2015, MIT OCW). Instructor: Professor Lorna Gibson.

This course reviews the processing and structure of cellular materials as they are created from polymers, metals, ceramics, glasses, and composites, develops models for the mechanical behavior of cellular solids, and shows how the unique properties of honeycombs and foams are exploited in applications such as lightweight structural panels, energy absorption devices and thermal insulation. The applications of cellular solids in medicine include increased fracture risk due to trabecular bone loss in patients with osteoporosis, the development of metal foam coatings for orthopaedic implants, and designing porous scaffolds for tissue engineering that mimic the extracellular matrix. Modelling of cellular materials applied to natural materials and biomimicking is explored. Students taking the graduate version of the class are required to complete additional assignments. (from ocw.mit.edu)

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  • Lecture 01 – Introduction and Overview Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Processing of Cellular Solids Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Structure of Cellular Solids Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Honeycombs: In-plane Behavior Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Honeycombs: Out-of-plane Behavior Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Natural Honeycombs: Wood Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Natural Honeycombs: Cork; Foams: Linear Elasticity Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Foams: Non-linear Elasticity Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Foams: Thermal Properties Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Exam Review Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Trabecular Bone and Osteoporosis Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Osteoporosis and Evolution Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Tissue Engineering Scaffolds: Processing and Properties Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Tissue Engineering: Osteochondral Scaffold; How to Write a Paper Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Cell-scaffold Interactions; Energy Absorption Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Applications: Energy Absorption in Foams Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Sandwich Panels Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Natural Sandwich Structures; Density Gradients Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Biomimicking Unlimited

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