Syntactic Foams Consolidated with Starch: Modelling for Pre-Mould Processing
Various manufacturing parameters involved in the ‘buoyancy method’ were inter-related. An equation based on unit cell models for a relation between volume expansion ratio (VER) of bulk microspheres in aqueous starch and microsphere size was derived. A good agreement between the equation and experimental data was found. The inter-microsphere distance (MID) concept was introduced and it was demonstrated that the MID can be calculated numerically for microspheres with known statistical data.
Deliang Zhang, Kim Pickering, Brian Gabbitas, Peng Cao, Alan Langdon, Rob Torrens and Johan Verbeek
M.M. Islam and H. S. Kim, "Syntactic Foams Consolidated with Starch: Modelling for Pre-Mould Processing", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 29-30, pp. 165-168, 2007