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The room temperature mineralization of thermoplastic starch (TPS) with a high glycerol content and its blends with low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and polylactic acid (PLA) were examined under controlled degradation conditions. The biodegradation of native granular starch was also carried out as a reference. These results are correlated with the respective morphologies and continuity behavior of the various blend systems. CO2 evolution was measured to evaluate biodegradation properties during the test. As a whole, these results indicate a good relationship between morphology, phase continuity and biodegradation behaviour.
Gas clathrate hydrates are inclusion compounds formed of hydrogen-bonded H2O cages, encapsulating small molecules such as methane, hydrogen or carbon dioxide. In the search for viable gas storage media, clathrates may offer an alternative to micro-porous materials such as zeolites, active carbons and metal-organic frameworks. However, a barrier must first be overcome: Slow kinetics of enclathration (diffusion of gas into bulk systems can be of the order of days). Here we present a general strategy to greatly increase the rate of enclathration by means of trapping water in hydrophobic nanoparticle cage, gel, or porous polymer.
Naoko Shinozawa, Hirotoshi Kizumoto, Naoko Oda, May 2011
In the past few decades, Bio-plastics of plant origin and biodegradable plastics, and emulsions containing no organic solvent have drawn growing attentions as general environmentally friendly materials. Poly (lactic acid) based polyurethanes self-emulsified in 100% water were synthesized. The particle sizes of some of the emulsions were fine (less than 100nm) and they were stable for 6 months under 5oC storage condition. The low Tg sample showed good biodegradability. In this report, result of the polymerization and the emulsification, and the characteristic of the obtained emulsions were described.
Pavel Kubik, Jiri Vlcek, Costas Tzoganakis, Luke Miller, May 2011
One of the most important, yet problematic, issues in the extrusion process is achieving good mixing. Considerable prior efforts have been made to understand different types of mixing elements for single-screw and twin-screw extrusion. However, there is still a lack of good process values or criteria that can be used for design purposes. The focus of this work is to better quantify the mixing behavior, using 3D FEM analysis and in-line melt camera, to develop some design criteria. This study will focus on the Maddock mixer and Stratablend II mixer, comparing design variations on mixing performance.
Previous studies using electromagnetic induction heating for rapid tool heating indicate that the temperature uniformity on cavity surface is not easy to be achieved no matter with surface or insert type induction heating. In this paper, a series of experiments were conducted to study the effectiveness of temperature uniformity on tool cavity surface for different induction heating coil. According to the results of heating experiments, the surface temperature of 10 mm thickness hot work die steel could rise from 50oC to 150oC in 15 seconds and the temperature uniformity of the heated zone reached 94%~95%.
A novel cationic waterborne epoxy emulsion for oil filter paper was synthesized. Hydrophilic groups are introduced into a multifunctional bisphenol-A novolac epoxy resin (NEP) by chemical modification, while maintaining the epoxy groups as much as possible, which is neutralized to form the equably water dispersed epoxy resin. The structure of modified NEP in different rate of ring-opening is characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). The emulsion phase inversion process of waterborne bisphenol-A novolac epoxy resin (WNEP) is detected by measuring the electrical conductivity in different ring-opening rates and different neutralization rates.
Huan-Chang Tseng, Yuan-Jung Chang, Chia-Hsiang Hsu, Rong-Yeu Chang, May 2011
The famous Folgar-Tucker (FT) mathematic model has been habitually used to determine the evolution of the orientation state of fiber suspension. A critical problem with the practical processing flow of fibers is, however, that the predicted transient rate of orientation with respect to time is quicker than the experimental observed one. Therefore, it is reasonable to propose an improved FT model by using two time-dependent factors to effectively slow down the rate. Furthermore, this improved model is well applied to simulate the injection molding process of a rectangular plate.
The hollowed core of the part is a very important property for understanding gas-assisted injection molding. In this study, the spiral tube mold was utilized to investigate thickness ratio of the hollowed core. The process parameter effects are explored on thickness ratio of the hollowed core. Both the experiments and simulations were compared for verification. The results indicate that the thickness ratio of the hollowed core increases with the increased melt temperature and gas pressure. However, the increase in delay time reduces the thickness ratio of the hollowed core. The experimental results are in good agreements with those in simulations.
Andreas Frank, Anita Redhead, Mridula Kapur, Dane Chang, Detlef Schramm, Selim Bensason, Gerald Pinter, May 2011
With the purpose of an accelerated material ranking cyclic test with cracked round bar (CRB) specimens at ambient temperatures of 23C were carried out with eight high density polyethylene materials. Although testing times of only about one week per material were needed, a ranking of the results was in good correlation to Pennsylvania Notch Test (PENT) data. Additional measurements of the crack opening displacement provide further options for investigating the resistance of the materials against crack initiation.
Anita Redhead, Andreas Frank, Gerald Pinter, May 2011
A PE 80 pipe grade was investigated in order to analyze the impact of morphological variations related to the process history of a material. Specimens were manufactured from a compression molded plate as well as from an extruded pipe. Morphological characterizations were carried out by Differential Scanning Calorimetry and by Dynamic Mechanical Analysis. A measurement of the crack kinetics for a lifetime assessment based on concepts of Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics was conducted with cyclic tests on Cracked Round Bar specimens at different R-ratios (min. load/max load). The results of the cyclic tests reflected the morphological influence on the lifetime.
Zhiliang Fan, David Astbury, Haipeng Wang, Chris Friedl, May 2011
Three-dimensional(3D) warpage simulation of polymer injection molded components is well developed and widely used in industry. Although a simple linear analysis is a good representation of reality for most warpage cases, it can lead to totally wrong warpage predictions in some special cases. In this paper, we extend the 3D warpage solution to account for geometric nonlinearity. Two typical large deflection examples are presented: one is the post-buckling of a tray model, and the other is the large deflection warpage of a two-shot over-molded part.
Shia-Chung Chen, Anton Winarko, Hsin-Shu Peng, Chih-Chung Hsu, TzuChau Chen, May 2011
In this study, the high-speed experiment was conducted to verify moldex3D simulation technology. Mold and melt temperature were kept at 200, 215 and 230 C in the maximum injection pressure condition. The experimental method changed the injection speed from 100 to 1500 mm/s and obtained the pressure drop and flow rate. The experimental results were calculated using some equations and compared with Moldex3D simulation results. Both simulation and experimental results demonstrated that the second Newton area appears starting from 1000 mm/s injection speed. With the increase of melt and mold temperature, the shear rate increases and the viscosity value decreases.
In this work the influence of the orientation and the toolpath generation of manufactured parts based on the mechanical data are analyzed. Tensile Specimen are generated with the given parameters as well as with changing parameters of the native software based upon the CAD data. The parts then are built up with the Fortus 400mc from Stratasys. First tensile tests show different strength and strain characteristics that depend on the given structure and as a result of the build direction. The influence of the parameters was analyzed with a statistic test method by using the software Design Expert.
EVOH, PA, PVOH and, since more recently, some biopolymers are materials with broad application in high barrier packaging due to transparency and superior oxygen barrier. However, these materials suffer from strong plasticization in properties due to sorption of moisture, which handicaps their application under high moisture conditions such as those applied in many packaging cases. This paper shows the development of novel nanocomposites based on a kaolinite grade, commercially marketed as O2Block‹Ÿ?, which exhibit enhanced UV and gas barrier and decreased water permeability and sensitivity.
Emanuel Fernandes, Ivo Aroso, Ricardo Pires, Vitor Correlo, Pauliina Pitkanen, Salme Koskimies, Joao Mano, Rui Reis, May 2011
New functionalized composite structures were prepared using low-density polyethylene (LDPE), cork powder and different suberins extracted from cork and birch outer bark as coupling agents to promote interfacial adhesion. The compounding was performed under reactive extrusion and samples processed by compression moulding. The morphology of the functionalized composites showed good adhesion between cork and the polymeric phase. The mechanical results confirm that the addition of suberin acts as coupling agent improving the strength and leads to cork-polymer composite materials with improved strain and lower modulus. When the suberin was added to the composition a slight increase on composite density occurred.
In this study, hot gas is used for heating the cavity surface. Different mold gap sizes were designed. Mold surface temperature was heated to above glass transition temperature, then, the mold will closed for melt injection. The cavity surface can be heat to 130oC for assisted the melt filling at micro feature. Hot gas heating can improve the filling process and achieve 91% the high aspect ratio micro groove (about 640.38 m of the maximum of 700 m). It was found that the mold gap size can affect the heating speed and heating uniformity.
David Kazmer, Chris McCready, Dan Hazen, Stephen Johnston, Darren VanDerwalker, May 2011
An auxiliary controller was designed, implemented, and validated for on-line process and quality optimization. The architecture relies on a multivariate process model to perform optimization interleaved with the molding process. Two different experiments investigated the controller's ability to adjust the process subject to material and cycle time variances. In every case, the controller was able to reduce the value of the objective function while also improving the part dimensions relative to tight tolerance specifications. The use of a process model greatly speeds convergence and facilitates the consideration of various cost and quality terms in the objective function.
David Kazmer, Stephen Johnston, Louay AbouShady, May 2011
A tubing extrusion process was heavily instrumented and the resulting process signals acquired. A design of experiments (DOE) was conducted for nine different factors. Three different models were developed based on DOE factor settings, thirteen process signals, and a combination of six process and ƒ??virtualƒ? states. The latter model had the highest fidelity, far surpassing the predictive capability of the DOE factor-based model. The results indicate that current practice of monitoring melt temperature and pressure should be augmented to tightly control the air pressure, free length between the die and the water bath, puller speed, and melt viscosity.
Ken Miyata, Toshiyuki Hiyama, Kazushi Yamada, May 2011
HDPE compounded with 0 to 20 wt % LLDPE was cast into film. Heat seal tests were carried out for the film. The bar temperature was controlled at 123 and 125 ?§C. The seal time for applying heat and pressure was varied from 0.5 to 1.5 sec. The molecular structure developed during the heat seal process was evaluated by DSC and WAXD and relationships were studied against heat seal strength measured by T-peel test. By compounding LLDPE, heat selability at lower temperature was realized. Actually less than 3 wt% LLDPE affected heat seal properties due to preventing crystallization of HDPE.
Peter Allan, Ali Ahmadnia, Robert Withnall, Jack Silver, May 2011
The acoustic properties of plastics compounds are an important consideration for many industrial applications. One such property of particular interest is the sound transmission loss(STL). Currently there is no standard test for this but there is a standard method for the determination of sound impedance and absorption. The equipment used for this standard can, however, be adapted to measure the sound transmission property. The presentation will describe the initial results on a project that is evaluating the test method for STL and some of the relationships between the STL and the physical structure of materials will be discussed.
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