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RF Absorbing Mastic Pastes


C-RAM MA50 and MA55 are microwave absorbing mastic pastes which can be applied to vertical or horizontal surfaces.

After the mastic cures into a rigid solid, it is impervious to moisture or other environmental effects. C-RAM mastics are intended for the reduction of radar cross section (RCS) of military vehicles and naval vessels as well as control of surface wave, antenna tuning, and many other uses.C-RAM MA50 is a dielectric-type absorber. It consists of a highly thixotropic syntactic foam (plastic resin and glass microspheres) loaded with lightweight lossy fillers. It is relatively low in density, with a nominal specific weight of 40 lbs./ft3 (Sp.Gr.=0.65).

C-RAM MA55 is a magnetic-type absorber. It is heavily loaded with magnetic fillers to make a thixotropic paste. Although very effective in relatively thin layers, it is dense (Sp.Gr.=4.0) and can add appreciable weight to the host system. Magnetic absorbers are recommended for control of surface waves.

Control of thickness is important, especially for magnetic materials. If no other test data are available, the optimum thickness of the mastic coating should be established by experimentation. Comb-like applicator trowels can be made to apply mastic in “furrows” of controlled thickness. The furrow can then be smoothed out to form a flat surface, or the furrows left intact to promote scattering. The front face of the furrows can be filled in with special materials if desired.