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Synlam consists of high-performance, syntactic core, laminated composites. This fabrication process incorporates thin layers of lightweight syntactic composite between carbon fabric layers. The syntactic core is a closed cell foam consisting of hollow glass micro spheres in a thermoset matrix. These hollow spheres are typically in the range of 10 to 200 microns in diameter and are available in a variety of materials including glass, ceramic, and polymers. The combination of this low-density filler with high-temperature, cyanate ester resin drastically reduces weight while maintaining structural strength and stiffness.
Possible applications of this high-performance syntactic laminate include aerospace air-frames, architectural materials, lightweight mirrors, space structures, instrument housings, sporting goods, and shelters. Synlam can be machined and laser-cut, adding to its versatility.