Mechanical Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Fracture and Impact Toughness of Syntactic Foam

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2004

Abstract

In this study we assessed the fracture toughness, KIc, and the impact resistance of syntactic foam reinforced with glass microspheres of different densities and polymer binder as a function of microstructures. The results showed that both KIc and the linear elastic energy release rate, GIc, increased with increasing volume fraction of glass microspheres, and the increase was higher for microspheres possessing a lower density. The impact resistance of syntactic foam decreased with the inclusion of hollow microspheres.

Publication Title

Journal of Cellular Plastics

Volume

40

Issue

2004

First Page

145

Last Page

154