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MOLECULAR WEIGHT EFFECT ON SCRATCH BEHAVIOR OF INJECTION-MOLDED POLYPROPYLENE
Mikihiko Fujiwara, Hiroyuki Hamada, Yuuji Ryousho, Takashi Yuasa, Masaya Kotaki, May 2011
Polypropylene (PP) is increasingly utilized in various engineering applications because of its lightweight and good mechanical properties balance. Scratch resistance is crucial for various applications such as automotive interior parts. It's important to understand structure-property relationships in order to develop high performance PP. Molecular weight effect on scratch behavior is investigated in this paper. It was found that yielded zone size under scratched surface was correlated well with scratch visibility. Smaller yielded zone was formed in the case of higher molecular weight PP, leading to higher scratch resistance.
MECHANICAL AND MORPHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF HDPE / EVA / CACO3 TERNARY BLENDS
Ilias Ali, May 2011
In this article, we report the mechanical and morphological analysis of HDPE, CaCO3 and EVA ternary blend. HDPE/EVA/CaCO3 ternary blends were prepared by melt blend technique. The mechanical properties of these blends were evaluated and found that, the incorporation of EVA modifies the toughness by inducing ductility in these composites. The morphology of these composites were investigated by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The phase structures of these composites were also investigated. We observed two main types of phase structures in these blends; separate dispersion of the EVA phase or encapsulation of the CaCO3 by EVA.
TEMPERATURE DIFFERENCES AND STRESSES IN THE GRP LINING IN CONDITIONS OF NON-STATIONARY HEAT CONDUCTIVITY
Valeriy Makarov, Rakhil Sinelnikova, May 2011
Functional layers of chemical resistant glass reinforced plastic linings (GRL) and load-carrying structure of acid baths, pools, chimney liners and other products, made from steel, concrete, or high filler plastic, have different physical properties. Change of the working environment temperature leads to occurrence in the productƒ??s wall of the temperature difference and the temperature stresses. The temperature difference time in functional layers and forecasting of the GRL crazing should be lead on the basis of a theory of non-stationary heat conductivity.
EFFECT OF MOLECULAR WEIGHT ON SCRATCH PROPERTY OF INJECTION MOLDED POLYCARBONATE (PC)
Vadee Chivatanasoontorn, Masaya Kotaki, May 2011
A standard scratch test ISO 19252 is performed to study the scratch behavior of injection molded PC. The effect of molecular weight (Mw) is investigated. A linearly increasing load scratch test provides critical normal loads for the onset of scratch visibility, abrasion, micro-cracking and material removal. Polarizing optical microscope (POM) was used to observe yielding behavior at the onset of scratch visibility and the earlier stage in scratch groove. Surface mechanical properties characterized by micro-cutting method are also discussed. The findings of this study suggest that scratch properties can be enhanced as Mw increased.
BENCHMARKING THE TECHNOLOGICAL COMPETENCE OF SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED INJECTION MOLDING COMPANIES
Christian Hopmann, Walter Michaeli, Markus Brinkmann, Andreas Neuss, Martin Putz, May 2011
The economic environment for plastics processing companies has changed considerably in the last few decades through globalization and ever faster technological progress. The increasing complexity of organizations and processes is also leading to increasing complexity of the management tasks. In particular, the companies have to ensure taking or keeping a leading position in terms of the production technology. In order that these tasks can continue to be performed satisfactorily, a new key indicator-based assessment system is developed that allows a benchmarking of the technological competences of companies.
DRAFT OF THE BASIC SYSTEMATIZATION OF INORGANIC AND ORGANIC MACROMOLECULAR COMPOUNDS
Igor Catic, Gordana Baric, Kata Galic, Ana Marija, Ana Rogic, Maja Rujnic-Sokele, Ivor Karavanic, May 2011
The word polymers is usually related to plastics and rubber. This definition narrows down the meaning of the word to a very significant group of materials, but leaves out numerous other substances and materials that are also polymers. The consequence is the difficulty in observing the interconnection or comparability of polymers among each other or with other non-polymeric substances and materials. Therefore, a draft of the basic systematization of inorganic and organic macromolecular compounds has been elaborated.
ESCAPING CAPTIVITY
Stephen Spanoudis, May 2011
Changes in global markets and the recent financial crisis have prompted companies to re-examine their value chain and carefully review the demarcation line between internal and sourced development and manufacturing resources to determine which are still strategic to the business. This has caused captive molders to re-visit value propositions and seek new ways to remain financially viable and strategically relevant to their parent companies. One approach is migration to a hybrid model supporting both captive and custom molding. This paper explores the merits of a hybrid model and issues associated with transitioning to a combined model in a corporate environment.
DIRECT ISOLATION OF POLYPHENYLENE ETHER-POLYSILOXANE BLOCK COPOLYMER
Alvaro Carrillo, Gerardo Rocha, May 2011
A polyphenylene ether-polysiloxane block copolymer is produced by oxidative coupling polymerization of 2,6 xylenol and a eugenol-terminated polydimethylsiloxane. The reaction takes place in a solvent, such as toluene, which needs to be removed in an polymer isolation step. The isolation can be done by precipitation of the polymer with an anti-solvent such as methanol, or by direct" isolation in a devolatilizing extruder as described in this paper. Process conditions to control the desired residual solvent content in the product are reported as well as the effect of the process on key product properties.
DIRECT ISOLATION OF POLYPHENYLENE ETHER-POLYSILOXANE BLOCK COPOLYMER
Alvaro Carrillo, Gerardo Rocha, May 2011
A polyphenylene ether-polysiloxane block copolymer is produced by oxidative coupling polymerization of 2,6 xylenol and a eugenol-terminated polydimethylsiloxane. The reaction takes place in a solvent, such as toluene, which needs to be removed in an polymer isolation step. The isolation can be done by precipitation of the polymer with an anti-solvent such as methanol, or by direct" isolation in a devolatilizing extruder as described in this paper. Process conditions to control the desired residual solvent content in the product are reported as well as the effect of the process on key product properties."
GAS PERMEABILITY OF ORIENTED POLY(ETHER-B-AMIDE) (PEBAX) COPOLYMERS
Shannon Armstrong, Donald Paul, Benny Freeman, Anne Hiltner, Eric Baer, May 2011
Poly(ether-b-amide) (PEBAX) thermoplastic elastomers are used in high flux applications such as gas separation membranes. PEBAX grades with high polyether soft block content are favorable for gas separation applications due to a high permeability. Permeability measurements on uniaxially oriented PEBAX films in the stretched and recovered state showed a significant decrease between the unoriented films and 400% strained films. WAXS and DSC were used to identify strain-induced crystallization of the polyether blocks, resulting in a 3.5x permeability decrease for oriented PEBAX films.
FACILE THERMOPLASTIC OLEFIN (TPO) DISPERSION USING EXTENSIONAL MIXING
Stephane Costeux, Mark Barger, Keith Luker, Anand Badami, Kim Walton, May 2011
The mixing performance of a small-scale extensional mixer (Spiral Fluted Extensional Mixer, or SFEM) was benchmarked against a mixing bowl. TPO blends were chosen for this evaluation, with a broad range of elastomer melt indices. Various statistical metrics were evaluated to quantify the degree of dispersion of the blends. The conclusion is that due to stronger extensional flow, the SFEM batch mixer indeed has potential to offer better TPO dispersion than mixers with rotors in which shear dominates. A single-screw extruder equipped with SFEM mixing elements achieved even finer dispersion, usually achievable only with twin screw extruders.
EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATIONS ON THE IMPACT BEHAVIOR OF HYBRID STEEL-FRP STRUCTURES IN 3-POINT-BENDING TESTS
Christian Mildner, Norbert Dolle, Klaus Drechsler, Robert Bjekovic, May 2011
This paper presents an experimental investigation of the mechanical behavior of hybrid metal hat sections, reinforced with fiber reinforced plastics in 3-point-bending tests. The combination of FRP laminates with metal structures leads to an advanced hybrid material system evaluated for future automobile primary structures. A systematic high velocity impact testing program under 3-point-bending was conducted. To evaluate the impact performance and damage resistance, the load-displacement curves referred to the single steel hat section were used. Variations of fiber types (carbon, glass, aramid) and combinations of such fibers are discussed. Furthermore, the influence of laminate thicknesses and fiber orientations is considered.
UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGES OF BONDING TPE MEDICAL TUBING TO TRADITIONAL CONNECTORS
Kevin Cai, Darnell Worley, Elliott Pritikin, May 2011
The non or low polarity of TPEs is typically referenced as the main contributor to their poor bondability. This paper highlights additional technical factors in poor bondability with traditional solvents and commercial adhesives. Medical tubing OEMs focus on TPEs from 65A to 85A hardness depending on the specific application requirements. TPE hardness and modulus are shown to have significant influence on bonding strength. Often overlooked, ƒ??Poisson Effectƒ? is shown to be an important factor to cause low retention values with soft flexible TPEs. To overcome these challenges, we developed 3 patent pending bonding systems that significantly improve the bonding strength.
SOLID AND MICROCELLULAR RECYCLED POLY(ETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE) (PET) BLENDS WITH CHAIN EXTENDERS (CE) AND NANOCLAY
Yottha Srithep, Lih-Sheng Turng, May 2011
Recycled poly(ethylene terephthalate) (RPET) chain extender (CE) and nanoclay were prepared via conventional and microcellular injection molding processes. The effects of CE loading levels and the simultaneous addition of nanoclay on the thermal and mechanical properties and cell morphology of the microcellular components were noted. The addition of 1.3 wt% CE enhanced the tensile properties and viscosity of RPET. The higher amount of CE (at 3 wt%) enhanced the viscosity, but margin of improvement in mechanical properties diminished. While the solid RPET and CE blends were fairly ductile, the samples with nanoclay and all microcellular specimens showed brittle fractural behavior.
IMPACT OF FIBER ORIENTATION ON PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF GLASS-FILLED POLYBUTYLENE TEREPHTHALATE
Himanshu Asthana, Angelika Clark, Subrata Nayak, Krishnamoorthy Narasimhan, May 2011
A combination of experimental observations and simulation methods has been used to determine the effect of side- and end-gate locations, respectively, on tensile stress at break for glass-filled polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) polymer. A hypothesis based on the stress distribution in the molded bars of two respective geometries has been presented. Simulation techniques using C-mold software has been used to confirm the hypothesis. The two sets of data together show that stress non-uniformity in the bars can play a role in determining the location and path of failure.
VARIABILITY IN STANDARD TWO-PROBE AND FOUR-PROBE ELECTRICAL RESISTIVITY MEASUREMENTS OF CARBON NANOTUBE COMPOSITES
Jane Spikowski, Cameron Gibbins, Craig Shoemaker, Jill Kinzelman, May 2011
This study characterizes sources of variability in electrical resistivity measurements of polycarbonate (PC) and carbon nanotube (CNT) composites. A two-probe measurement configuration in compliance with ASTM D 257 and ESD STM 11.11/11.12 was modified by incrementally applying additional force to the probe. This modification was found to significantly reduce variability attributable to contact resistance. A four-point probe measurement configuration in compliance with ASTM F 43-93 and ASTM F 84-98 was used to characterize local variations in resistivity within injection molded disks.
DESIGN AND INJECTION MOLDING FACTORS THAT AFFECT OVERMOLDING BOND STRENGTH
David Raia, May 2011
The product development team should always be asking the question: How strong does the bond strength need to be for a product design. Some products get used once and do not require high performance bond strength, while others are handled often and require higher bond stength. This paper focuses on both the design and molding factors that affect the ultimate bond strength between a polar plastic substrate and an overmolding TPE compound. It reviews not only ultimate bond strength, but factors that influence bond strength consistency. This information is important to both the product designer and the injection molder.
POLYMER DEGRADATION DURING CONTOUR LASER TRANSMISSION WELDING
Phil Bates, Sina Khosravi, Gene Zak, May 2011
This paper presents an experimental technique for assessing material degradation during contour laser transmission welding. Polymer is characterized using thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). The experimental TGA degradation data are fitted to a kinetic model using the Freeman-Carroll technique. This model allows the fraction of degraded material to be predicted as a function of temperature and time. A FEM model is then used to predict temperature as a function of time at the weld for different laser and material parameters. The two models are combined to estimate material degradation at the weld interface. These results are related to experimental observations.
SYNTHESIS AND THERMAL STABILITY STUDIES OF NOVEL THERMALLY STABLE EPOXY-POLYURETHANE COMPOSITES
Jing Lin, Qiuzhuan, Zhi-qi Cai, Xiufang Wen, Pihui Pi, Jiang Cheng, Zhuoru Yang, May 2011
A series of hydroxyl terminated bisphenol-A type novolac epoxy resins modified with benzoic acid (MEP) were prepared. The chemical structures of MEP were characterized using FTIR analyses. And epoxy-polyurethane composites were also obtained by curing reaction among MEP, cross linker polyisocyanate IL1351 and phthalic anhydride. The thermal stability of cured products was studied by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The thermal stability of the cured MEP with different ring-opening rate, cured bisphenol-A type novolac epoxy resins and cured alkyd polyol A450 were compared.
DYNAMIC MECHANICAL ANALYSIS OF FDM RAPID PROTOTYPING PROCESSED POLYCARBONATE MATERIAL
Adhiyamaan Arivazhagen, Syed Masood, Igor Sbarski, May 2011
This paper aims to investigate the dynamic mechanical properties of Polycarbonate material processed by Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) rapid prototyping process. Frequency sweep is performed in Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) 2980 equipment to get modulus, damping and viscosity values. The effects of FDM parameters (built style, raster width, and raster angle) over these properties are presented. Frequency sweep experiment is done with the range of 10 Hz to 100 Hz in three different isothermal temperatures. It is found that solid normal built style gives more modulus and viscosity values than the other built styles.


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