Mechanical properties of 3D printed polymeric cellular materials with triply periodic minimal surface architectures

Diab W. Abueidda, Mete Bakir, Rashid K. Abu Al-Rub, Jörgen S. Bergström, Nahil A. Sobh, Iwona Jasiuk

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In this paper, three types of triply periodic minimal surfaces (TPMS) are utilized to create novel polymeric cellular materials (CM). The TPMS architectures considered are Schwarz Primitive, Schoen IWP, and Neovius. This work investigates experimentally and computationally mechanical properties of these three TPMS-CMs. 3D printing is used to fabricate these polymeric cellular materials and their base material. Their properties are tested to provide inputs and serve as validation for finite element modeling. Two finite deformation elastic/hyperelastic-viscoplastic constitutive models calibrated based on the mechanical response of the base material are used in the computational study of the TPMS-CMs. It is shown that the specimen size of the TPMS-CMs affect their mechanical properties. Moreover, the finite element results agree with the results obtained experimentally. The Neovius-CM and IWP-CM have a similar mechanical response, and it is found that they have higher stiffness and strength than the Primitive-CM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-267
Number of pages13
JournalMaterials and Design
StatePublished - May 15 2017


  • 3D printing
  • Architectured materials
  • Finite element analysis
  • Mechanical testing
  • Polymeric cellular materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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