Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 36, Issue 18, pp 4485–4491 | Cite as

Studies on compressive failure features in syntactic foam material

  • N. Gupta
  • Kishore
  • E. Woldesenbet
  • S. Sankaran


Syntactic foam made by mechanical mixing of glass hollow spheres in epoxy resin matrix is characterized for compressive properties in the present study. Volume fraction of hollow spheres in the syntactic foam under investigation is kept at 67.8%. Effect of specimen aspect ratio on failure behavior and stress-strain curve of the material is highlighted. Considerable differences are noted in the macroscopic fracture features of the specimen and the stress-strain curve with the variation in specimen aspect ratio, although compressive yield strength values were within a narrow range. Post compression test scanning electron microscopic observations coupled with the macroscopic observations taken during the test helped in explaining the deviation in specimen behavior and in gathering support for the proposed arguments.


Compression Test Hollow Sphere Scanning Electron Microscopic Observation Epoxy Resin Matrix Resin Matrix 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Metallurgy, Center for Advanced Studies, Polymer Composite LaboratoryIndian Institute of ScienceBangaloreIndia
  3. 3.Aeronautical Development EstablishmentC.V. Raman NagarBangaloreIndia

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