August 2016 - Marine Technology Reporter

MTR100: Engineered Syntactic Systems

Marine Technology Reporter

Engineered Syntactic Systems (ESS) is exclusively focused on the formulation, engineering and manufacturing of superior quality syntactic foam, a class of material created using pre-formed hollow spheres (commonly made of glass, ceramic, polymer or even metal) bound together with a polymer. Thanks to its unique properties of high strength at low density, syntactic foam is widely used in subsea buoyancy applications.

ESS offers a range of products in a variety of densities, depths and other critical-to-performance measurements used for structural core applications, thermal conductivity, ballistic/energy absorption and acoustic management structures. Its materials, which support applications operating just below the surface down to 10,000 meters, are designed to withstand long-term cyclic exposure and hydrostatic pressure, especially in the deep ocean.
ESS’ advanced composite syntactic for demanding core applications, MacroCore, features a toughened macrosphere matrix that provides greater stiffness, strength, impact and shock properties than standard core materials. It is suited for composite-to-metal joints, a well-documented area of concern in all composite structures. As a closed cell structure, the core easily processes in all composite applications including vacuum bag, RTM, and pultrusion without increasing overall density.
The company has worked on critical projects for the U.S. Navy as well as leading organizations in the oceanographic and subsea industries.
(As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter)

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