This paper focuses on the comparison of various types of matrix materials and their mechanical properties for development of syntactic foams for marine applications. Generally, syntactic foams are close pore foams fabricated by the mechanical mixing of hollow microsphere particles in a polymeric matrix resin. From the literature review, it was found that there are several polymeric resins that have been used for development of syntactic foams such as epoxy, cyanate ester, polypropylene, polysialate and vinyl ester. In this paper, a comparative discussion is presented on the mechanical properties of hollow glass particles mixing with polymeric resins for development of syntactic foams for the use of these composites in bulk applications such as marine structures.
Kinetic epoxy resin was filled with nanoclay to increase tensile properties of the composite for civil and structural. This
project manufactured samples with different percentages by weight of nanoclay in the composites in steps of 1 wt %,
which were then post-cured in an oven. The samples were then subjected to tensile tests. The results showed that the
composite with 3 wt % of nanoclay produced the highest yield and tensile strengths. However, the Young’s modulus
increased with increasing nanoparticulate loading. It is hoped that the discussion and results in this work would not only
contribute towards the further development of nanoclay reinforced epoxy composites with enhanced material properties,
but also provide useful information for the studies of fracture toughness, tensile properties and flexural properties of