Development of Silicone Room Temperature Foams for Superior Performance Applications
March 26-31, 2017
Silicone foams add the advantages of silicone elastomers, such as excellent mechanical properties, flexibility at extreme temperature ranges, natural flame resistance, electrical insulation and/or biocompatibility, to the advantages of the structure of foams. Silicone foams can be either syntactic or chemically blown. Syntactic silicone foams can have significant advantage over traditional silicone potting materials for both weight reduction and lower thermal conductivity. They also have improved thermal resistance to extremely high temperatures, simulating failure modes of some applications. Chemically blown foams can be modified for use in foam in place gasketing, or molded to intricate shapes and sizes, providing safe-touch guards for extreme temperature exposures.
Silicone is also biocompatible, making silicone foams particularly attractive in the healthcare industry for wound care and scaffolding for tissue growth. Low compression set, and vibration damping bring good attributes for use in orthotics, prosthetics, PPE and bedding. New investigations of applications for silicone foams in the healthcare industry also include drug delivery.
This talk will hone in on the design and development of silicone foams, exploiting their versatility for distinctive applications.
Leeanne Brown, "Development of Silicone Room Temperature Foams for Superior Performance Applications" in "Syntactic and Composite Foams V", Gary M. Gladysz (Empyreus Solutions, LLC, USA) Krishan K. Chawla (University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA) Aldo R. Boccaccini (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany) Manabu Fukushima (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan) Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2017). http://dc.engconfintl.org/syntactic_composite_foams_v/17