The purpose of this paper is to investigate the preparation and the flexural property of hollow glass microspheres (HGMs) filled resin-matrix composites, which have been widely applied in deep-sea fields.
The composites with different contents of HGMs from 47 to 57 Wt.% were studied. The voids in syntactic foams and their flexural properties were investigated.
The results showed that the voids quantity increased because of the increment of HGM content, whereas the exural strength and the exural modulus decreased. The fracture mechanism of the composites was also investigated by scanning electron microscope, which indicated that the composites failed by the crack extending through the microspheres.
The advantages of HGMs with similar hollow spheres will be further investigated in a future research.
Results demonstrated that the properties of the composite might be tailored for specific application conditions by changing the HGM volume fraction.
The HGM filled resin-matrix composite materials have their unique properties and significant application potential. In this work, the resin-HGM composites were synthesized by mechanically mixing defined quantities of HGMs into epoxy resin, by which a kind of syntactic foams with good flexural properties could be obtained.
The authors would like to express thanks to the financial support from Natural Science Foundation of China (51479037). The authors have attempted to include all available studies, and omission of any reference is unintentional.
Qiao, Y., Wang, X., Zhang, X. and Xing, Z. (2016), "Investigation of flexural properties of hollow glass microsphere filled resin-matrix composites", Pigment & Resin Technology, Vol. 45 No. 6, pp. 426-430. https://doi.org/10.1108/PRT-09-2015-0097Download as .RIS
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