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A conference titled Syntactic and Composite Foams, under the auspices of Engineering Conferences International (ECI), was held in August 2007 in Davos, Switzerland. This conference was the second in the series, the first one was held in Banff, Canada, in 2004. Papers from that conference were published in Journal of Materials Science (Volume 41, Number 13). These conferences, both under the auspices of ECI, have provided an excellent forum for discourse among scientists and engineers from the academia, industry, and research laboratories on the subject of syntactic and composite foams.
Composite foams are cellular materials consisting of a binder phase, reinforcing/functional phase(s), and voids distributed evenly throughout. The reinforcing phase can be solid or hollow. Syntactic foams are a particular type of composite foam. In this case the reinforcing particles are hollow microspheres also called microballoons with a polymer, metal, or ceramic binder material.
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KeywordsFoam Compressive Strength Hollow Microsphere Syntactic Foam Composite Foam
We acknowledge the generous support, financial and otherwise, of the following organizations and people: Engineering Conferences International; we are especially grateful to Ms Barbara Hickernell and Mr Kevin Korpics (both of ECI) for their help; US National Science Foundation—Dr H. D. Chopra, Dr B. A. MacDonald; and Trelleborg Emerson & Cuming, Inc. Last but not least, we are grateful to all the participants for making this event a great success.