3.054 | Spring 2015 | Undergraduate, Graduate

Cellular Solids: Structure, Properties and Applications

Lecture Notes

The lecture notes for this course have been transcribed for accessibility. The handwritten notes and corresponding transcribed notes included in the table below contain the same information.

Some of the images originally contained in these notes have been excluded due to copyright restrictions. To see more of the images, please refer to the following books:

  • Gibson, L. J., and M. F. Ashby. Cellular Solids: Structure and Properties. 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780521495608. [Preview with Google Books]
  • Gibson, L. J., M. F. Ashby, and B. A. Harley. Cellular Materials in Nature and Medicine. Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN: 9780521195447. [Preview with Google Books]
  • Ashby, M. F., A. G. Evans, et al. Metal Foams: A Design Guide. Society of Automotive Engineers Incorporated, 2000. ISBN: 9780768005554. [Preview with Google Books]

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1 Introduction and overview Lecture 1: Introduction (PDF - 3.2MB) No transcription version
2 Processing of cellular solids Lecture 2: Processing (PDF - 2.3MB) Lecture 2: Processing (PDF - 2.2MB)
3 Structure of sellular solids Lecture 3: Structure (PDF - 3.9MB) Lecture 3: Structure (PDF - 1.8MB)
4 Honeycombs: In-plane behaviour Lecture 4: Honeycombs: In-plane (PDF - 6.2MB) Lecture 4: Honeycombs: In-plane (PDF - 3.4MB)
5 Honeycombs: Out-of-plane behaviour Lecture 5: Honeycombs: Out-of-plane (PDF - 2.0MB) Lecture 5: Honeycombs: Out-of-plane (PDF)
6 Natural honeycombs: Wood, cork

Lecture 6: Wood (PDF - 4.1MB)

Lecture 6: Cork (PDF - 4.1MB)

Lecture 6: Wood (PDF - 1.8MB)

Lecture 6: Cork (PDF - 3.3MB)

7 Foams: Linear elasticity, strength, densification, fracture Lecture 7: Foams (PDF - 7.1MB) Lecture 7: Foams (PDF - 6.3MB)
8 Foams: Mictrostructural design, lattice materials, property charts Lecture 8: Foam design (PDF - 4.2MB) Lecture 8: Foam design (PDF - 3.9MB)
9 Foams: Thermal properties Lecture 9: Thermal properties (PDF - 3.0MB) Lecture 9: Thermal properties (PDF - 2.1MB)
10 Exam review No notes No notes
11 Trabelcular bone Lecture 11: Trabecular bone (PDF - 3.9MB) Lecture 11: Trabecular bone (PDF - 3.7MB)
12 Osteoporosis Lecture 12: Osteoporosis (PDF - 5.0MB) Lecture 12: Oseoporosis (PDF - 4.1MB)
13 Tissue engineering scaffolds: Processing and properties Lecture 13: Tissue engineering scaffolds (PDF - 2.5MB) Lecture 13: Tissue engineering scaffolds (PDF - 1.5MB)
14 Tissue engineering scaffolds case study: Osteochondral scaffold Lecture 14: Osteochondral scaffold (PDF - 2.7MB) No transcription version
15 Cell-scaffold interactions: attachment, morphology, contraction, migration, differentiation Lecture 15: Cell-scaffold interactions (PDF - 4.1MB) Lecture 15: Cell-scaffold interactions (PDF - 3.5MB)
16 Applications: Energy absorption Lecture 16: Energy absorption (PDF - 6.4MB) Lecture 16: Energy absorption (PDF - 5.1MB)
17 Applications: Sandwich panels Lecture 17: Sandwich panels (PDF - 4.5MB) Lectures 17: Sandwich panels (PDF - 3.2MB)

Natural sandwich structures

Density gradients

Lecture 18: Natural sandwich structures (PDF - 1.6MB)

Lecture 18: Density gradients (PDF - 7.8MB)

Lecture 18: Natural sandwich structures (PDF - 1.5MB)

Lecture 18: Density gradients (PDF - 5.5MB)


Hierarchical structure and mechanics of plant materials


Lecture 19: Biomimicking (PDF - 1.8MB) No transcription version
20 How I became a professor No notes No notes

Spring 2014 Guest Lectures



Guest lecture: Prof. Mike Demkowicz

Nanofoams notes (PDF)
(Courtesy of M. J. Demkowicz. Used with permission.)

Nanofoams slides (PDF - 2.6MB)
(Courtesy of M. J. Demkowicz. Used with permission.)

Metal foams

Guest lecture: Dr. Nihan Tuncer

Cellular materials (PDF - 2.0MB)
(Courtesy of Nihan Tuncer. Used with permission.)

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