SC4 Norbert Babcsan

Short Course on “Cellular Materials”

Norbert Babcsán
Department of Materials and Production Engineering


10:00 – 10:30 Registration
10:30 – 11:30 Session 1. Classification: foams, honeycomb, wire mesh, nanocellular materials: aerogels, natural materials: wood, bone.
Production: foaming, extrusion, 3D weaving, gel drying.
11:30 – 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 – 12:45 Session 2. Properties and characterization methods:
sound absorption, heat conductivity, mechanical properties, Ashby diagrams of cellular materials, characterization methods for nano, micro and macrostructures (tomography).
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch break (lunch not included)
14:00 – 15:00 Session 3. Applications
Energy absorber: armor and car bumper; Heat exchanger and isolator: chip cooler and thermal management of buildings; Sound isolator: exhauster and household applications; Liquid storage: capillary pump and fuel tank, Light weight structure: car body and airplane components.
15:00 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 – 16:15 Session 4. Innovation: metal foams
Comparison of the metal foams on the market, prices and properties, application highlights, advantages and disadvantages of the different foaming technologies, a novel breakthrough technology on metal foam making: HAB (high intensity oscillation assisted bubbling).


Copies and CD of all slides in the PowerPoint format will be provided at the beginning of the SC.


Dr. Norbert Babcsán is the Director of the Bay Zoltán Applied Research Foundation Institute for Logistics and Production Systems. He is the head of the Department of the Materials and Production Engineering of the Institute. He was born in 1972, and is married. He obtained his diploma in 1996 at the University of Miskolc, Hungary in the field of Engineering Physics with work related to single crystal growth. He spent one year at NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center. Between 1996-2001 he was an assistant lecturer at the Department of Non-metallic Materials at University of Miskolc, Hungary. He acted as an organiser of three Junior Euromat Conferences and was scientific advisor for Leichtmetall-Kompetenzzentrum Ranshofen, Austria, where he carried out aluminium foam research between 2001-2002. He was one of the founders of ADMATIS Ltd., a Hungarian Space R&D company. He received his PhD at the University of Miskolc in 2003 on the field of Materials Science and Technologies. He has been a postdoc and an ESA International Trainee in the metal foam group at the Technical University and the Hahn-Meitner-Institute in Berlin between 2003 and 2006. He is a winner of the Pro Sciencia and Science Award of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His scientific field of interest is the cellular materials.