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Production and Characterization of Epoxy Syntactic Foams Highly Loaded

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Production and Characterization of Epoxy Syntactic Foams Highly Loaded with Thermoplastic and Glass Microballoons


Syntactic foams comprised of glass or thermoplastic microballoons have gained considerable attention in recent years due to mechanical and thermal properties that are advantageous for naval and aerospace applications.  This work reports a method for producing syntactic foams with unusually high volume fraction microballoon loadings (>0.74) and its utilization in the creation of “hybrid” epoxy-based syntactic foams comprising various mixtures of glass and thermoplastic microballoons. Microstructural analysis using X-Ray Micro Computed Tomography provided non-destructive quantitative characterization of microballoon packing, confirming the high loading levels and the results of density measurements.  By systematically varying the glass/thermoplastic microballoon ratio, it was shown that a range of mechanical properties can be engineered into these lightweight materials, with particular value in applications designed for absorbing impact energy.


Authors: Kerrick R. Dando and David R. Salem


Conference: CAMX 2016 – Anaheim


SKU/Code: TP16-0123


Pages: 9

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