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Polymer foam case studies

This website consists of 3 case studies:

Flexible Foam in Compression

This case study considers a rigid spherical object (human head, or a ball) impacting a block of flexible foam, and deals with elastic structures in compression.

Rigid foam packaging

This case study familiarises student with a range of types of packaging.There is a design exercise in which the packaging performance when impacted is related to the polymer and foam shape and density.

Seat cushions & biomechanics

This case study deals with ways of reducing peak pressures when sitting on a seat for a prolonged period, for instance in a wheelchair.

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