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Clay Nanocomposites Incorporated into Biodegradable Polymers
Matthew Jackson, May 2005
Nanocomposites based on biodegradable polycaprolactone (PCL) and mica clay organically modified with L-arginine were prepared through solvent blending. Their properties were analyzed with TGA, DSC, and tensile testing. The addition of the organically modified clay caused an increase in properties, but at large incorporation, properties began to decrease. Samples of 3%, 5% and 10% organically modified clay were compared to pure PCL.
The Electromagnetic Shielding Effectiveness of Carbon Nanotubes Polymer Composites
Wern-Shiarng Jou, Huy-Zu Cheng, Chih-Feng Hsu, Chia-Hao Hsu, May 2005
The effects of content and aspect ratio of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) upon the electromagnetic (EM) shielding effectiveness (SE) of CNTs polymer composites were investigated and developed. The multi-wall CNTs (MWNTs) with two types of aspect ratio (500 and 10,000) were compounded with three kinds of polymeric materials, such as Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene copolymer (ABS), liquid crystal polymers (LCPs), and Melamine resins (MF). The observed highest SE of these composites is 60 dB which is realistic for an industrial application (40 dB).
Design of a Containerized Mobile Turnkey Compounding Plant for the Direct Extrusion of PP with Hollow Glass Microspheres
Allan Boye Hansen, Frank Lechner, Michael Hampf, Alfred Kurz, Paul Andersen, May 2005
Interest in transportable modular production plants is on the rise. These containerized solutions combine flexibility with minimal expense for installation and start up. This presentation will highlight the issues surrounding a successful implementation of this concept for an insulated pipe construction used for offshore crude oil transport.
Adaptive GPC Control of Barrel Temperatures in Injection Molding
Ke Yao, Furong Gao, May 2005
Injection molding barrel temperatures have high interaction and slow responses. The classical proportionalintegral-derivative (PID) control has difficulties to control for them accurately. An adaptive multi-input-multi-output (MIMO) generalized predictive control (GPC) scheme is developed, implemented and tested for barrel temperatures control of a reciprocating-screw injection molding machine. Experimental results illustrate GPC superiority over the traditional PID control.
Effect of Low Density Polyethylene on Polystyrene Foam
Chang-Ming Wong, Shih-Jung Tsai, Chih-Hung Ying, Ming-Lang Hung, May 2005
This work examines the foam density of polystyrene (PS) blended with low density polyethylene (LDPE) at various ratios and the thermal conductivity of vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) using PS/PE with filers foams as core materials. The experimental results indicate LDPE strongly influences the foam density of PS/PE foam and the content of open-cell in PS/PE with fillers foam. A higher content of open-cells in PS/PE with fillers foam can lead to a lower thermal conductivity of VIP.
Mechanical Properties of Textile-Inserted PP/PP Knitted Composites
Omar Khondker, Xinyu Yang, Nobuhiro Usui, Asami Nakai, Hiroyuki Hamada, May 2005
Composites consisting of the same material with different reinforcement and matrix shapes, such as fibre and matrix phases, can create high interfacial strength. This paper concentrates on the experimental investigation of all-polypropylene single phase composites. It is interestingly noteworthy that reinforced homo PP composites exhibited superior energy absorption capability when compared with their virgin counterpart for both static and dynamic impact test.
Viscoplastic Behaviour of Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene
Saeeda Naz, John Sweeney, Peter Olley, Phil D Coates, May 2005
We have carried out experiments on UHMWPE in uniaxial compression in which we have measured the stress-strain and stress relaxation behaviour, covering a wide range of strains and strain rates. A constitutive model that makes use of Eyring processes has been developed and implemented numerically. This model can represent rate-dependent stress – strain behaviour. We have derived a set of values for the model parameters such that it gives a good representation of the observations.
Computer Simulation of 3D Filling and Packing Process in Injection Molding
Bon-Heung Koo, Kwon-il Choi, May 2005
This paper presents a true three-dimensional numerical simulation of the mold filling and packing in injection-molded part. The segregated finite element method and control volume finite element are combined with VOF method to solve the flow/temperature field and to track the melt front advancement during the process. The iterative solver (SOR) was employed for the solution of the equations. Several numerical examples are compared with Hele-Shaw approximation.
Radio Frequency Welding of Thermoplastic Vulcanizates
Ralph Raulie, Dolph Smith, May 2005
Radio Frequency (RF) welding, also known as High Frequency (HF) welding, is often a preferred means of fabricating products made of polar thermoplastic materials. Thermoplastic materials with low dielectric loss factors, such as thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) have presented a challenge to RF welding. Modification of traditional RF welding equipment has been studied to characterize successful RF welding of TPVs with varying rubber to plastic ratios.
An Examination into the Effects of a Fluoropolymer Additive in Nylon 6/6 Neat Injection Molding Resins
Jonathan Meckley, May 2005
A fluoropolymer additive can be used to aid in the processability of resins and to improve some physical properties of the final part. The changes in processability and physical properties are explored. This study examines the effects of the base resin with a loading of fluoropolymer at 0.00% , 0.10%, 0.25%, and 0.50%. Several experiments were run to determine the effects of the fluoropolymer on processing and physical properties.
The Evolution of Color Difference Equations
Robert S. Trinklein, May 2005
A comparison of the evolution of different color difference equations, and which ones are commonly used in plastic color measurement today.
Modeling of Substituted Biphenyl Compounds
Vassilios Galiatsatos, May 2005
We study the effect of the length of an alkane bridge on the equilibrium geometry of biphenyl. We rely on DF theory within the 6-31G* ab-initio framework to determine local energy minima and geometries. We discover that the effect of the bridge length is decidedly nonlinear.
Crush-Behavior of GMT-Products
Anton J. Heidweiller, May 2005
Compression tests were carried out on Glass Mat Reinforced Thermoplastics (GMT) panels applying three ratios for thickness over width. Some panels showed a typical ductile splaying collapse mode with gross plasticity. The specific energy absorption of these panels was very high, and even higher than was found in literature for crush cones of this material. Aim is to formulate design rules for products that are composed of flat plane elements and are loaded on impact.
The Effect of Cooling Regime on the Thermal, Mechanical and Morphological Properties of Polyolefins
B.G. Millar, P. Douglas, W.R. Murphy, G.M. McNally, May 2005
The effect of cooling rates (2-300degC/min) on the crystallinity, morphology and tensile properties of a selection of polyethylene and polypropylene resins was investigated using conventional and high speed DSC. Increasing cooling rate caused a decrease in percentage crystallinity. Mechanical analysis and polarised light microscopy showed related reductions in tensile modulus and strength and crystallite configuration.
Standardization of High Strain Rate Tensile Testing of Polymers
Susan I. Hill, Margaret F. Pinnell, Adam J. Minch, May 2005
The results of an interlaboratory test program conducted to assess the precision of the Practice Guide for High Strain Rate Testing of Polymers are summarized. Five polymers, HDPE, 30% short glass fiber-filled PA, PC/ABS, 40% long glass fiber-filled PP, and TPO, were tested at nominal plastic strain rates of 40/s and 400/s. The test results were used to generate inter and intralaboratory variability statistics that were incorporated into a precision statement for the Practice Guide.
The Effect of Solar Energy on Decorative Woodgrain Foils Laminated on UPVC Profiles
A.S. Ditta, A.J. Wilkinson, G.M. McNally, W.R. Murphy, May 2005
Decorative woodgrain foils are important in the aesthetic appearance of UPVC profiles in the conservatory industry. Dark colours tend to absorb solar energy which causes distortion when reaching a critical temperature. This research has investigated three different foils subjected to simulated solar energy when placed on UPVC profiles using a specially designed test rig. This equipment failed to give results correlating to outdoor experience, therefore the test will be needed to be modified to be useful.
Chain Extended/Branched PET-Organoclay Nanocomposites
Ulku Yilmazer, Ali Emrah Keyfoglu, May 2005
The effects of chain extension and branching on the properties of nanocomposites produced from recycled poly (ethylene-terephthalate) and organically modified clay were investigated. As the chain extension/branching agent, maleic anhydride (MA) and pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA) were used. Both MA and PMDA improved the mechanical properties of the nanocomposite owing to the branching and chain extending effects that increase the molecular weight. However, PMDA gave better results at lower content.
The Effect of Thermal History Development on Crystalline Medical Grade TPUs
A.C. Ruddy, G.M. McNally, C.M. Small, May 2005
In this study a range of polyurethanes were extruded in sheet form and cooled at various chill roll temperatures. Crystallinity of the samples was determined using DSC and the results showed significant changes in morphology of the hard and soft segment phases, which in turn had a significant effect on the mechanical properties and phase transitional properties of the individual resins.
Rheological, Mechanical and Thermal Behaviour of Radiopaque Filled Polymers
A.C. Ruddy, G.M. McNally, May 2005
This work studied the effect of three radiopaque fillers (barium sulphate, bismuth trioxide and tungsten metal) on the rheological, mechanical and thermal properties of a range of medical grade polyurethanes and polyvinylchlorides. The results showed significant changes in the melt viscosity, mechanical properties and phase transitions (Tg and log E’) with different filler type.
Chemical Structure Effects on the Performance of TPUs
A.C. Ruddy, G.M. McNally, May 2005
This work studied the effect of polyurethane chemical structure (i.e. polyester or polyether soft segments) on the rheological, mechanical and thermal properties of four commercial medical grade polyurethanes of similar Shore hardness. The results showed significant differences in melt viscosity, tensile properties and phase transition temperatures (tan ?) with particular polyurethane chemical structure.

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