Study on compressive properties of syntactic foams for marine applications

Salleh, Z. and Islam, M. M. and Ku, H. (2014) Study on compressive properties of syntactic foams for marine applications. Journal of Multifunctional Composites, 2 (1). pp. 21-27. ISSN 2168-4278


Generally, syntactic foams are close pore foams fabricated by the mechanical mixing of hollow microsphere particles in a polymeric matrix resin. From the literature review, it
was found that there are several polymeric resins that have been used for development of syntactic foams such as epoxy, cyanate ester, polypropylene, polysialate and vinyl ester. In this paper, a comparative discussion is presented on the mechanical properties and water absorption properties of hollow glass particles mixing with polymeric resins for development of syntactic foams for the use of these composites in bulk applications such as marine structures. From the previous reports, vinyl ester, epoxy resin, PP and PU as a matrix materials reinforced with glass microballoons are widely used for marine structure compared to other polymers. From the mechanical properties, the
highest dynamic compress stress yield at 73.91MPa for dry NCSF 2%. Moisture condition result showed that the storage modulus and Tg for nanoclay reinforced syntactic foams up to 2% by weight increased when compared with their pure syntactic foam counterparts, irrespective of whether they were dry or moisture conditioned.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 DEStech Publications, Inc. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 05:33
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 23:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: syntactic foams; hollow particles; resins; properties; comparison
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0911 Maritime Engineering > 091101 Marine Engineering
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8606 Industrial Chemicals and Related Products > 860608 Rubber and Synthetic Resins
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.12783/issn. 2168-4286/2.1/Salleh

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