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Technical Article Briefs
Unfolding complex thermal degradation mechanisms in polymer composites
A new modeling method enables a kinetic interpretation of the complicated multistep thermal degradation mechanisms in polymer composites.
Rheological characterization of fibril-reinforced fiber-based polymer blend
Introducing a fibrillar morphology into a polymer blend enhances the adsorption and mechanical strength of the resultant composite.
Polymer/short fiber composites fabricated by direct fiber feeding injection molding
Direct fiber feeding injection molding is an effective way of improving the mechanical properties of polymer/short fiber composites by enhancing the fiber length.
Predicting the fiber-breakage history in injection molding
Simulations of the injection-molding process for long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics enable the prediction of complex fiber behavior and can therefore be used to investigate the effect of screw type.
Creep in carbon/epoxy composites manufactured by filament winding
Investigation of carbon-fiber-reinforced epoxy laminates shows that their viscoelastic behavior depends on both fiber orientation and creep performance.
Understanding the properties of processed polyamide 11
Calculating different cooling rates for injection-molded polyamide 11 enables successful prediction of crystal polymorph details in actual molded parts.
Fluorinated polymer/organo-modified magnetic nanoparticle composites
Organo-modified magnetic nanoparticles can be evenly dispersed within a fluoropolymer matrix by melt compounding for the development of transparent, heat-resistant, flexible nanocomposite films.
Poly(hydroxamic acid) hydrogels for the removal of dyes from aqueous solutions
The crosslinker used in the preparation of a poly(hydroxamic acid) hydrogel has a greater effect on its dye-sorbent properties (i.e., the removal efficiency) than does the type of dye.
Preparation and modification of polyethersulfone-based hybrid materials
Polyethersulfone modified by UV-induced grafting and then combined with poly(trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate results in a hybrid material suitable for heat-resistant applications in homes and industries.
Influence of temperature on the electrical properties of conductive polymer composites
Incorporation of carbon black nanofillers into castor oil polyurethane improves the electrical conductivity of the materials, through a thermally activated process.
Microcellular polypropylene films with good piezoelectric properties
Microcellular polypropylene films can be used to produce piezoelectric materials with improved properties, capacitance, and stored energy capacity.
Fabrication of buckypaper via a resin infiltration technique
Polymer nanocomposite papers produced through a novel approach exhibit high flexibility, improved thermal stability, and easy processability, and can thus be used in a variety of technical applications.
Rheology of polyacrylamide/layered double hydroxide nanocomposites
The viscoelastic properties and stability of hybrid gels, synthesized via in situ polymerization, are improved upon addition of magnesium-aluminum layered double hydroxide.
Examining foaming technology for long-fiber-reinforced polypropylene composites
Novel injection molding technology can reduce the level of fiber breakage during processing and the degree of fiber alignment along the flow direction.
Transient modeling of viscosity
The viscoelastic behavior of polymer melt is a significant factor during rheological characterization and should be taken into account during analysis and viscosity modeling.
High-modulus biocomposites based on short wood fibers and acrylic resin
Replacing natural fiber mats with short wood fibers in acrylic resin biocomposites reduces the associated production cost and cycle time.
Factors influencing the electromagnetic shielding of polymer/carbon composites
The electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness of polymer composites filled with nanostructured carbon materials depends on electrical conductivity, morphology, aspect ratio, and filler dispersion.
Structure-property relationships of 3D-printed carbon nanotube/polymer composites
A dimensionless volumetric flow rate is found to be a critical parameter for understanding the microstructure and subsequent mechanical properties of 3D-printed composites.
UV-induced changes to the structure of polycarbonate
Experiments reveal that acetone absorption induces crystallinity in polycarbonate and that the irradiated samples exhibit enhanced solvent crystallization.
Aerogel-reinforced polymer nanocomposites
Carbon aerogels are lightweight, mesoporus, solid-state materials that can be used to reinforce composites and to enhance their thermal and mechanical properties.
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