Effect of low-density filler on mechanical properties of syntactic foams of cyanate ester
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Syntactic foam composites of cyanate ester with varying volume fractions of resin and glass microballoon were processed and evaluated for tensile, flexural and compressive properties. The effect of nature and volume fraction of microballoon on the mechanical properties was studied. The mechanical properties showed a gradual decrease in strength with increase in volume fraction of microballoon. The specific strength values also manifested a similar order. A similar behaviour was observed for syntactic foams with microballoons of varying true density. The properties increased proportional to the strength of the microballoon in resin-rich systems implying a strong microballoon-resin interface, corroborated by Scanning Electron Microscopy studies. The compressive modulus showed a decreasing trend with enhanced microballoon loading.
KeywordsFoam Compressive Strength Shell Thickness Void Content Syntactic Foam
The authors acknowledge Director, VSSC for granting permission to publish this paper. The assistance given by Ms. Sirisha (MCD) is acknowledged. Bibin John thanks Indian Space Research Organisation for a Fellowship.
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