Viscoelastic Properties Assessment of Syntactic Foams by Dynamic Mechanical Analysis
Low-density sheet moulding compounds incorporating hollow glass micro-spheres are being increasing used namely in automotive industry, boats and deep-water submarines and core materials. This paper presents the results obtained in a current study of the viscous properties on hybrid short fibre/hollow glass microspheres composites fabricated with epoxy binder. Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) was used to study the effect of the filler volume fraction and of the addition of glass fibre reinforcement on the dynamic stiffness modulus, damping coefficient and glass transition temperature in tensile mode. The specimens were cut from plates produced by resin transfer moulding in vacuum with microspheres weight contents up to 13%. Elastic modulus decreases significantly with the increasing of filler volume fraction. In contrary, it increases significantly with the glass fibre reinforcement content. Glass transition temperature apparently tends to decrease with microspheres and of glass fibre reinforcement’s content. Tmax temperatures tend to increase slightly with the addition of fibre reinforcements and the microsphere filler. Maximum damping coefficient is much lower for the foams when compared with net resin.
Luís Guerra ROSA and Fernanda MARGARIDO
C. Capela et al., "Viscoelastic Properties Assessment of Syntactic Foams by Dynamic Mechanical Analysis ", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 636-637, pp. 280-286, 2010