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Routes to and Properties of Intercalated Silicate Nanocomposites
Recent work in layered silicate nanocomposites has focused on the exfoliated morphology wherein the clay platelets are homogenously dispersed within the matrix polymer with no registry between silicates. The intercalated morphology, however, wherein individual platelets retain strong registry, is thought to have the potential for properties unavailable to the exfoliated morphology, including flame retardance, fracture toughness and true polymer-ceramic behavior. Routes to the manufacture of such hierarchical laminates and their potential property enhancements are discussed.
Sailing Unknown Waters
Doing business in a different culture represents a formidable challenge. This paper is a case study covering marketing chemical products from post-Communist region of the former Czechoslovakia in the USA and Western Europe. Both positive and negative factors as well as lessons learned will be discussed.
Scratch Behavior of Polypropylene-Based Blends
Scratch behaviors of model polypropylene (PP) based blends are investigated. The model PP blends are PP, PP/ethylene-propylene rubber/talc, and PP/styrene-butadiene-styrene/clay. The effects of filler and rubber additions on the scratch behavior are correlated with material property and morphology of the PP blends. The PP/SBS/clay system, which contains sub-micrometer size clay inside the rubber particles, exhibits the best scratch resistance. Material parameters and surface characteristics that contribute to improvements in scratch resistance in PP blends are discussed.
Screws for Plastics Processing
Maintenance of a single screws dimensions during its service life is discussed due to the magnitude of the dimensional deterioration on overall process performance. Proper choice of materials of construction for screws can greatly increase service life. A simplified analysis for determining when to replace a screw is presented to assist in proper maintenance.
Seal through Contamination Performance of Metallocene Plastomers
Metallocene plastomers are well known for providing superior toughness and excellent heat sealing performance in many high performance flexible packaging films. In a great many form-fill-seal applications it is also a requirement that the film continue to seal well even when the film surface is contaminated with product.This paper presents examples of the excellent sealing performance of plastomers, in particular of their performance when sealing through contaminants. Both laboratory heat sealing experiments and actual VFFS packaging tests are described.
Self-Optimizing MPC of Injection Velocity during Mold Fill
The dynamics involved during mold fill is complex and temperature dependent. Presently, the controllers for achieving a desired injection velocity setpoint profile are independent of processing conditions in plastic injection molding. A generic, online control procedure to re-define the controller parameters was developed from dynamic models to achieve good tracking of injection velocity setpoint profiles during simulations of mold filling. This generic control procedure provided an effective and systematic approach for any plastic material and different processing conditions.
Shear Effects on Extruded Foam Products
Shear has been found an important nucleation parameter in the foam extrusion process. In this paper, further shear effects on foam properties are presented. At increased shear, foam expansion decreases, which suggests die swell promote competing mechanisms. Extension rate was found to correlate with expansion and compression strength. Also investigated was residence time at low shear to restore the shear thinning in the counter-rotating twin screw extruder. Shear and extension rate effects are addressed for foaming and foamed products.
Shrinking Control and Residual Styrene of Unsaturated Polyester Resins Cured at Low Temperatures
In low temperature molding processes, shrinkage control and residual styrene are important concerns. The presence of low profile additives (LPA) can reduce the shrinkage of unsaturated polyester (UP)/styrene (St) resins cured at low temperatures under proper processing conditions. A systematic study was carried out to investigate the effect of reaction temperature, initiator systems, and modification of the resin system on structure evolution, final resin conversion, and shrinkage control of UP resins with LPA.
Simulation of Microcellular Foaming in Injection Molding
We present a simulation model for the MuCell® injection molding process in which supercritical fluid such as carbon dioxide or nitrogen is mixed with molten polymer and injected into the mold. The model accounts for the development of cells in the melt, their effect on viscosity and compressibility and the subsequent expansion of the melt to fill the cavity. Simulation results and their comparison with experiments will be discussed.
Simulation Study of Polymer Flow through an Extrusion Blow Molding Head
The unequal flow of polymer, through a die, is a common problem in industry. This imbalance in flow is due to a non-uniform flow path resulting in different velocities at different points in the die. This problem is commonly fixed by adjusting the die or pin position to compensate for the uneven flow. In complex die shapes, compensating for uneven flow cannot be done as easily. Simulation software was used in a verification study to ensure that the results from the software matched the experimental results. This will be useful in industry's determining of the validity of such software.
Sintering of Thermotropic Liquid Crystalline Polymers
Two thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers were evaluated for use in rotational molding: Vectra A 950 and Vectra B 950. Material is typically prepared by grinding. When ground, even under cryogenic conditions, TLCPs tend to yield particles of high aspect ratio translating to low bulk density, poor granular flow, and incomplete densification. A process was developed to generate spherical particles of controlled size and distribution. Particle coalescence and densification characteristics were determined and compared against model predictions.
Size Does Matter: Minimization of Gate Wear
Previous work in flow simulation and runner system balancing has demonstrated the impact that small changes in gate size have on cavity filling. Gate wear affects shear rate and in turn, the viscosity of the melt. The flow of glass filled material has long been identified as a factor in tool wear. As part of the long-term wear studies of copper alloys and tool steels at Western Michigan University, careful scrutiny was given to wear of edge gates due to the flow of molten plastic. Certain hard coatings and alloys were shown to demonstrate superior resistance to wear.
Soft Contact Lenses: A Material Review
Soft contact lenses contribute up to 85% of the market for contact lenses in the U. S. The concept and the introduction of contact lenses, the history of the development of soft contact lenses and the materials currently used for contact lenses are discussed in this paper. The manufacturing method and the surface treatment are also briefly reviewed.
Solid-Bed Break-Up during Plastication in Injection Molding
Uniformity in polymer melting in the screw-barrel system has very important influences on the quality of injection molded products. An experimental study on injection plastication is conducted with HDPE in a visual barrel system. Solid-bed break-up phenomenon is observed and analysed under different processing conditions.
Spotlight on Plastics Joining Advances at K 2001
A large number of improvements in plastics joining technology have been stimulated by the end user. The influence of the car industry's suppliers and the car industry itself, along with the telecommunications and construction industries and medical technology were reflected in recent developments that have been presented at the K-fare in Düsseldorf/Germany at the end of October 2001.
Stability of Two-Stage Single-Screw Extruders
In two-stage extrusion, the pumping section must be sized to produce the needed delivery pressure of the extruder. A method of calculating the channel depth so that the desired pressure is achieved and that the stability of the flow is optimized has been developed. Data for an example are given.
Structure Development in Melt Spinning of Cyclopolyolefin Filaments
Melt spinning of cyclo-polyolefins is presented. The birefringences of the melt-spun filaments were determined and contrasted with spinline stress. These were found to be much lower than polycarbonate and polystyrene filaments melt spun under the same conditions. The birefringence was represented in terms of polymer chain orientation.
Structure of Nanocomposites Foams
Exfoliated and intercalated polymer/clay nanocomposites were synthesized and used to prepare nanocomposite foams, using CO2 as the foaming agent. The foam structure was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), while transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used to observe the detailed clay distribution. The effect of clay dispersion and clay concentration on the cell structure was investigated.
Studies on the Influence of the Holding Pressure on the Orientation and Shrinkage of Injection Molded Parts
The shrinkage is determinant on the final dimensions of technical parts. This feature of the injection moldings is dependent on the processing setup, namely the holding pressure and the molding temperature.In this paper results are presented on studies made on a semi-crystalline material and an amorphous material that were molded in planar and tubular moldings. The shrinkage was directly measured and related to the frozen-in orientation of the part. The orientation was indirectly quantified by the across-thickness variation of the birefringence.
A Study of Degradation of LLDPE under Accelerated Conditions
In order to use linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) as external duct lining of oil pipes, we have evaluated the aging of this polymer. The experiment has been carried out under accelerated UV fluorescent lamps exposure, during 336 hours.We focused our investigation on changes on mechanical properties occurring over the aging process.The LLDPE studied was mixed with peroxide in order to modify its properties.
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