Master of Science (MS)
First Committee Member
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Polyurethane foam, used as a supporting or insulating material, is sometimes formed in complex molds with significant variations in geometry and size. This work investigates the relationships between cell morphology, density, and mechanical properties in a molded polyurethane material using relatively small cylindrical molds. Understanding these relationships will help mechanical designers analyze and predict the responses of foam components accurately; Three mold sizes are used to study changes in cell morphology (cell area, cell diameter, aspect ratio, cell angle, cell edge length, cell face thickness, and cell edge thickness), density, and mechanical properties (Young's modulus, peak yield, and collapse stress) with respect to vertical and radial positions. In addition, five time periods (1-day, 2-days, 7-days, 30-days, and 90-days) are used to determine aging effects on density and compressive mechanical properties of small diameter molds. Finally, theoretical equations are used to compare the experimental and theoretical density and mechanical properties.
Cell; Density; Foam; Mechanical; Morphology; Polyurethane; Properties; Relationship; Rigid
Mechanical engineering; Materials science; Polymers; Polymerization; Chemistry; Plastics
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Nelson, Michelle Cameron, "The relationship of cell morphology, density, and mechanical properties in a rigid polyurethane foam" (2003). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1605.