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Performance Comparison of a Custom Strain Gage Based Load Cell with a Rheometric Series Force Rebalance Transducer
Stephen A. Hutcheson, Xiang Fu Shi, Gregory B. McKenna, May 2004
Normal force measurement issues and the fragile nature of the 2K FRT are major problems with the current ARES Rheometer system. In an attempt to overcome these two issues a custom designed semiconductor strain gage based transducer was successfully installed in an ARES Rheometer. A comparison of the performance of a Rheometric Scientific series 2K FRT and the strain gage based transducer was performed. A comparison of sensitivity, accuracy and drift of data is shown for these two transducers.
High Tg Polymer/Electroactive Organic Compound Blends for LED/PV Applications
L.M. Robeson, X. Jiang, W.F. Burgoyne, Jr., May 2004
The utilization of high Tg polymers to sequester low molecular weight electroactive organic compounds in the active layers of light emitting diode and photovoltaic devices has been demonstrated. The high Tg polymer allows for increasing the layer Tg, decreasing the crystallization rate, improving the mechanical properties and offering the capability of employing low cost fabrication processes. LED and PV device data demonstrating the concept will be presented.
Understanding and Control of Sharkskin
Kalman B. Migler, May 2004
The sharkskin instability remains an unsolved problem in extrusion because the exit singularity induces a complex set of interactions that leads to the rough surface. We review the significant progress over the past decade, focusing on the elucidation of the flow and stress fields at the die exit. We review two critical areas; first an elucidation of the nature of the flow boundary condition for the polymer near the wall at the exit; in particular the question of whether there is a stick or slip boundary condition. Second, we discuss the reasons for the elimination of the instability upon changing the boundary condition to that of slip.
Fabrication and Characterization of Structure Membranes for Proton Transport
Jeffrey V. Gasa, Montgomery T. Shaw, May 2004
Polymer blend technology was used to create highly anisotropic membranes for fuel cell applications. An important factor for creating structures of high proton conductivity and low methanol permeability was the application of electric fields of selected magnitude and frequency during the formation of the membrane.
Thermal and Electrical Analysis of Vapor Grown Carbon Nanofiber/Polyoxymethylene (VGCNF/POM) Composites
Shuying Yang, Karen Lozano, Robert Jones, Laura Espinoza, Azalia Lomeli, May 2004
Vapor grown carbon nanofiber (VGCNF) reinforced polyoxymethylene (POM) composites were studied by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The electrical resistivity was also analyzed. The thermal stability of the composites was affected by VGCNFs. A drop of 14 orders of magnitude of volume resistivity was obtained by inclusion of 5 wt% VGCNFs. VGCNFs were shown to act as defects, the crystallinity was lowered and the crystallization was delayed.
Smart Adhesion: Controlling Polymer Interfaces through Patterning
Alfred J. Crosby, May 2004
To understand the role of patterned geometries/topographies in controlling polymer adhesion and release, we fabricate controlled structures ranging from the nanometer to micron length scales on polymer surfaces. Our initial results focus on the effect of patterned arrays of micron-scale posts and holes on the adhesion of polydimethylsiloxane layers. To facilitate the exploration of the large, possibly non-continuous parameter space presented by this problem, we rely upon combinatorial methodologies to effectively screen multiparameter maps.
Micro-Thermomechanical Properties of Composite Polymer Surfaces as Probed by Scanning Probe Microscopy
Vladimir V. Tsukruk, May 2004
We present an overview of the microprobing approaches based on scanning probe techniques to study surface micro- and nano- thermomechanical properties. We focus on polymer composites and nanocomposites, ultrathin polymer coatings, and polymer multiphase molecules. We briefly review state-of-the art developments in the field of contact surface nanoprobing, scanning thermal microscopy analysis.
High Resolution Polymer Microscopy at GE's Global Research Center
Julie Teetsov, Lauraine Denault, Azar Alizadeh, Surya Ghanti, Walt Cicha, Ernie Hall, May 2004
High resolution imaging of nano-engineered polymer systems is critical for advanced technology programs at GE. We will discuss scanning probe microscopy (SPM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of self-assembled block co-polymers and polymer nano-composites. SEM and TEM with energy-filtered imaging of constituent phases in polymer blends will also be discussed. New SPM techniques involving electrical and hot-stage characterization and the use of Six Sigma methodology will be highlighted.
Confocal Raman Imaging of Heterogeneous Polymeric Materials
Chris A. Michaels, Donna B. Klinedinst, D. Bruce Chase, May 2004
Confocal Raman microscopy is a powerful tool for the characterization of spatial variations in material properties including chemical composition and crystallinity. The design of a custom Raman microscope will be described, as will applications of this technique to the characterization of the chemical microstructure and morphology of heterogeneous polymeric materials.
Near Field Infrared Microscopy of Polymer Surfaces
Larissa Stebounova, Slava Romanov, Boris Akhremitchev, Gilbert Walker, May 2004
We report recent results of the near field microscopy of polymers. Spatial resolution of chemical content at 100th the wavelength of light has been used to compare compositional imaging using infrared near field microscopy with the more commonly used method of AFM phase imaging.
Thermomechanical Probing of Molecular Mobilities in Nanoconfined and Structurally Constrained Polymeric Systems
René M. Overney, Tomoko Gray, Joseph Wei, Scott Sills, May 2004
The molecular mobility in nanoconfined and structurally constrained polymeric systems is a vital parameter in the advancement of future technological applications. We employed two scanning force microscopy methods, with which thermally activated structural transitions and molecular relaxation processes of ultrathin polymer films were examined. The potentials of these methods are illustrated involving polyelectrolyte membranes, dendronized nonlinear optical polymers and thin glassy homopolymer films.
The Use of Inverse Gas Chromatography to Study Surface Thermal Oxidation of Polypropylene
Patrick D. Nicholson, Ethan N. Chiang, Alexander B. Barnes, Allison A. Calhoun, May 2004
Thermo-oxidative effects on the surface energy of polypropylene were measured by Inverse Gas Chromatography as a function of exposure time and temperature. Unaltered polypropylene had a surface energy of 26mJ/m2. Oxidized polypropylene, after exposure to air at temperatures from 100°C- 110°C, had a range of surface energies from 32-34mJ/m2. Comparisons between DSC melting point onset, FTIR carbonyl peak growth and the surface energy showed strong correlations between these three means of detecting oxidation.
Development of a Gelation Model for Methyl Cellulose Hydrogels
Sunil C. Joshi, Y.C. Lam, Li Lin, May 2004
The development of a gelation model for methylcellulose (MC) hydrogels is presented. The heat of gelation for aqueous solutions of different concentrations of MC SM4000 was measured using micro-DSC. Different mathematical formulations for modeling the experimental data were considered. The necessary constants were obtained empirically. Further analysis was performed to predict the total heat, the degree, and the rate of gelation. The effect of MC concentration on these parameters was investigated and discussed.
Fiber Reinforced Extruded Starch Foams
Gregory M. Glenn, Syed H. Imam, William J. Orts, Artur K. Klamczynski, May 2004
Cereal or tuber starches have been utilized in making low-density foam using a baking process. Foams made only of starch tend to embrittle and have poor mechanical properties. Fiber reinforced foams were made that had flexural properties similar to foam materials used in commercial food containers. Pulped fiber from wheat and rice straw was as effective as pulped hard and softwood fiber in improving foam properties.
Characterization of Structure and Viscoelastic Properties of Polypropylene Nanopolymer
Kamal K. Kar, Pradip Paik, Joshua U. Otaigbe, May 2004
High quality polypropylene nanopolymer has been synthesized over a range temperature and shear rate for the first time. Scanning electron microscopy, particle size analyzer and BET analysis reveals that it is spherical in nature and could be produced within a range of 0.17 to 45 ?m in diameter and minimum surface area of 16.2 m2/gm. Infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, dynamic mechanical analyzer and thermogravimetric analyzer are also used to characterize its structure, viscoelastic properties and thermal stability.
Optimum Content of Clay for Microcellular LDPE/Clay Nanocomposite Foams Blown with CO2
K.H. Wang, Y.H. Lee, C.B. Park, May 2004
This research investigates the optimum content of clay required to achieve microcellular LDPE/clay nanocomposite foams blown with CO2. The effects of clay content and clay dispersion on cell morphology are thoroughly investigated. Less than 0.1 wt% of clay addition produces a microcellular structure with a cell density of over 109 cells/cm3 and a cell size of about 5 ?m.
Nucleation in Foams as Assessed by In-Line Ultrasonic Measurements
Jacques Tatibouët, Richard Gendron, May 2004
The conditions that induce the bubble nucleation for the thermoplastic foam extrusion process in which physical foaming agents (PFA) are involved are obviously linked to the solubility parameters, i.e. temperature and pressure at a given PFA content, conditions that can be modified adding a nucleating agent. An in-line detection method based on ultrasonic sensors, sensitive to the onset of the phase separation, was used to investigate the influence of both talc and HFC-134a blowing agent concentrations on the nucleation cell density and degassing conditions for polystyrene foaming.
Methods of Expanding Polystyrene to Ultra Low-Density Foam
Chung P. Park, May 2004
Ultra low-density expanded polystyrene is obtained by an optimum formulation or by extended exposure to atmospheric steam. A polystyrene resin is rheologically modified to have both ease of flow and resistance against collapse. The collapse resistance is imparted either by light crosslinking of the resin with a silane compound or by adding a small amount of polyphenylene ether. Extended exposure to steam permits continuous extension of cell walls by reducing orientation. An expanded polystyrene loose fill material having an expansion ratio exceeding 200 has been achieved.
Torsion Properties of Cylindrical Polymer Foams
Denis Rodrigue, Yan Pelletier, Ryan Gosselin, May 2004
Solid state viscoelastic shear moduli (G' and G) of cylindrical polymer foams were measured as a function of frequency. Extruded samples were produced via a cylindrical die to obtain foams of various morphologies. To perform the shear measurements a modification of the torsion rectangular setup on an ARES rheometer was made. The setup calibration and test conditions are presented. The data are discussed and compared to simple models taken from the literature."
Prediction of Density Variation in Thick Microcellular Sheets
Krishna Nadella, Farhad Mehta, Vipin Kumar, Wei Li, May 2004
Earlier a process to produce thick flat microcellular sheets, in the 3 - 15 mm range for a number of thermoplastics such as PMMA, PS, ABS and PC was reported. In this paper a model to predict the density variation across the thickness of microcellular sheet is presented. This model builds on both the steady-state mass balance model and the skin thickness model for the solid-state microcellular process. The model is applied to predict density variation and mean density in a 1.5 mm thick microcellular PC and preliminary results are presented.

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