International Research Journal of Materials Sciences and Applications

Vinyl Ester/Glass Microballoon Syntactic Foams with Low Density

Research Article of International Research Journal of Materials Sciences and Applications Vinyl Ester/Glass Microballoon Syntactic Foams with Low Density Salleh1, 2, M.M. Islam*1, J.A. Epaarachchi1, Haibin Su3 1Centre for Future Materials, Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland 4350, Australia 2Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Institute of Marine Engineering Technology, 32200, Lumut, Perak, Malaysia 3Division of Materials Science, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798. In this study, the synthesis and characterization of vinyl ester/glass microballoon syntactic foams with different weight percentages are investigated. Both the tensile and compressive properties of the syntactic foams are characterized. Generally, the results show that the compressive strength and moduli of several syntactic foam compositions are comparable to those of pure vinyl ester as a matrix resin. Due to the lower density of syntactic foams, the specific compressive properties of SCFT-01 (2wt.%) are higher than all other specimens and closer to neat resin. Similar trends are also observed in the tensile properties. The results show that syntactic foams with vinyl ester matrix possess strength behaviour that varies with different content of glass microballoons. This difference is related to the possibility of particle fracture in the stress range where modulus is calculated from the compressive stress–strain curves. In addition, tensile modulus is found to be 70–80% higher than the compressive modulus for all syntactic foam compositions, but both of them are still lower than neat resin. The results also show that the content of glass microballoons in the syntactic foams should be controlled to obtain a good combination of compressive strength and tensile strength. The reasons are discussed in detail. Keywords: Syntactic foam, composite, glass microballoon, resin, wall thickness ... Gustaaf Schoukens
Professor, Ghent University (Belgium), faculty of Engineering

Dr. Azeez Abdullah Barzinjy
PhD (Materials Science), Department of Physics, College of Education, Salahaddin University –Erbil

Dr. Sujith Kalluri
Research Scientist, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), UNIST-gil 50, Ulsan 44919, South Korea.

Dr. Nupur Saxena
CSIR-Senior Research Associate, Department of Physics and Astronomical Sciences, Central University of Jammu

Dr. Harish Mudila
Asst. Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Faculty of Technology and Sciences, Lovely Professional University

Dr. Anil Kumar
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Lovely Professional University

Dr. Praveen Kumar Sharma
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Lovely Professional University

Yildiz Technical University Civil Engineering Faculty Civil Engineering

Dr. Rasha Samir Mohamed Kamal
Professor researcher associated, Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute

Dr. Mohammad Hadi Dehghani
Professor, Department of Environmental Health Engineering, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Dr. Jesús Ma. Rincón
Professor, “Colaborador Honorífico”- UMH (Dept. Agroquímicaía y Medio Ambiente)

Dr. Walid Mohamed Rashad Daoush
Professor, Material Science and Technology , Production Technology Department Head, Faculty of Industrial Education, Helwan University

Dr. Soumya Mukherjee
Assistant Professor, Amity School of Engineering and Technology, Amity University

Dr. Klodian Dhoska
Lecturer at Engineering School, Canadian Institute of Technology, Zayed Center, Rr. Andon Zako Çajupi,Tirana, Albania

Dr. Himanshu Kapoor
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Lovely Professional University

Dr. Keyur D. Bhatt
Head, Department of Chemistry, Mehsana Urban Institute of Science, Ganpat University

Senior Engineer, Core Innovation, Sealed Air Corporation, USA.

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