Mechanical properties of low density glass microballoon/vinyl ester syntactic foam for marine application

Salleh, Zulzamri and Islam, Md Mainul and Epaarachchi, Jayantha Ananda (2015) Mechanical properties of low density glass microballoon/vinyl ester syntactic foam for marine application. In: 12th Composites Australia and CRC-ACS Conference 2015: Game On, 21-23 April 2015, Gold Coast, Australia.


Light weight material and suitable mechanical properties hold promise for the development of structures for marine application. Syntactic foam is a composite material which exhibits all these characteristics shows potential. Its capabilities need to be investigated. In this paper, mechanical properties such as compression behaviour of glass microballoon/vinyl ester syntactic foams give good results as discussed. Generally, based on the compression results for different weight percentages (wt.%) of glass micro-balloons starting from neat resin, 5.0 – 25.0 wt.% shows that the strength values are varied when microballoon contents are increased. The different modes of fracture also show the different crack behaviours for all specimens while the performance of syntactic foams reduces with increasing of glass microballoon contents. Hence, all these results need to have further investigation and also discussion, particularly for low density syntactic foams used in marine application.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2016 04:55
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 01:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: syntactic foam; glass microballoon; composite
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

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