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Update on Syntactic Foams

  • ID: 1208127
  • Book
  • March 2010
  • Region: Global
  • 123 Pages
  • Smithers Information Ltd
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Syntactic foams are polymer composites obtained by dispersing hollow spheres in a matrix. They have excellent properties such as low density, high specific strength, low moisture absorption, lower thermal coefficient of expansion, and in some case radar or sonar transparency for use in Stealth technology. One of their biggest advantages is the fact that they can be tailored to have the properties necessary for a specific product. Syntactic foams uses include: marine applications, aerospace, ground vehicles, and sports applications (snow skis and soccer balls). In fact, they can be used for anything that needs a high strength material.

“Update on Syntactic Foams” will be of interest to all those who produce polymer products that need very high strength due to the adverse conditions that they are used in, as well as manufacturers of raw materials used in these products.

This Update gives the reader a good insight into the properties, manufacture and uses of syntactic foams, including:

- The basics of syntactic foams including the types of microballoons used, foam structure, methods of synthesis and the properties.
- Syntactic foams based on different types of resin systems such as epoxy, phenolics, cyanate ester and so on.
- Recent developments in the field such as fibre reinforcement, nanoclay reinforcement, functionally grading of foams, rubberisation, syntactic foam core sandwich composites and cement-based syntactic foams.
- Applications of syntactic foams.
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1 Introduction
1.1 Syntactic Foams: Definition
1.2 Matrices used in Syntactic Foams
1.3 Microspheres in Syntactic Foams
1.4 Structure of Syntactic Foams
1.5 General Methods for Preparation of Syntactic Foams
1.6 Properties of Syntactic Foams
1.6.1 Comparison with Conventional Foams
1.6.2 Property Tailoring
1.6.3 Mechanical Properties
1.6.4 Moisture Absorption
1.6.5 Isotropic Nature
1.6.6 Dielectric Properties
1.6.7 Thermal Properties
1.7 Factors Affecting the Performance of Syntactic Foams
1.7.1 Volume Fraction of Filler
1.7.2 Nature of Filler
1.7.3 Nature of Polymer Matrix
1.7.4 Quality of the Filler-matrix Interface
1.7.5 Method of Processing

2 Types of Syntactic Foams
2.1 Epoxy Syntactic Foams
2.2 Phenolic Syntactic Foams
2.3 Cyanate Ester Syntactic Foams
2.4 Polyimide Syntactic Foams
2.5 Polyurethane Syntactic Foams
2.6 Polyester Syntactic Foams
2.7 Silicone Syntactic Foams
2.8 Elastomeric Syntactic Foams
2.9 Nylon Syntactic Foams
2.10 Polybutadiene Syntactic Foams
2.11 Polypropylene Syntactic Foams
2.12 Carbon–carbon Syntactic Foams

3 Recent Developments in the Field of Syntactic Foams
3.1 Fibre-reinforced Syntactic Foams
3.2 Nanoclay-incorporated Syntactic Foams
3.3 Rubberised Syntactic Foams
3.4 Functionally Graded Syntactic Foams (FGSF
3.5 Syntactic Foam Core Sandwich Composites
3.6 Cement-based Syntactic Foams

4 Applications of Syntactic Foams
4.1 Syntactic Foams in Buoyancy Applications
4.2 Syntactic Foam as Thermal Insulation Material
4.3 Syntactic Foams in the Aerospace Industry
4.4 Syntactic Foams in Radomes
4.5 Syntactic Foams in the Sports Industry
4.6 Syntactic Foams for Furniture Applications
4.7 Syntactic Foams as Synthetic Marble
4.8 Syntactic Foam for Air-equivalent Solid Backing
4.9 Shape Memory Syntactic Foams
4.10 Syntactic Foam Plug Assist Materials
4.11 Expandable Graphic Art Printing Media using Syntactic Foam
4.12 Syntactic Foams in Underwater Sound Transducers
4.13 Syntactic Foams in the Airbus
4.14 Miscellaneous Applications

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