Compressive behaviour of low density polymeric syntactic foams

Salleh, Zulzamri and Islam, Md Mainul and Epaarachchi, Jayantha Ananda (2015) Compressive behaviour of low density polymeric syntactic foams. Applied Mechanics and Materials, 799-800. pp. 135-139. ISSN 1660-9336


The combinations of polymer resin and glass microballoon are the main materials used to produce syntactic foams. Syntactic foam is a lightweight material that has good mechanical properties and is commonly used as a component for structural materials in civil construction, aerospace and marine applications. Hence, it should have suitable mechanical properties, particularly good compression behaviour. In the present study, the results obtained from compression tests are compressive strength, elastic modulus and specific compression that decrease when increasing of glass microballoon contents (2.0 wt.%, 4.0 wt.%, 6.0 wt.%, 8.0 wt.% and 10.0 wt.%) and also neat resin. The highest strength value for compression testing is owned by 2.0 wt.% which is 88.9 MPa, while the lowest strength is 43 MPa that belongs to 10.0 wt.% of glass microballoon. This shows that the density and weight percentage of glass microballoon in these syntactic foams affect compression properties. Therefore, a further study should be conducted, which includes the effect of compressive failure mechanism.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 04:43
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2016 00:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: Syntactic foam; glass microballoon; composite; compressive
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8610 Ceramics, Glass and Industrial Mineral Products > 861099 Ceramics, Glass and Industrial Mineral Products not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4028/

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