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Technical Article Briefs
New impact-modified polycarbonate/polyester blends
Hongtao Shi, Huanbing Wang, September 2015
A refractive index matching approach can be used to develop transparent/translucent materials with improved impact strength and transmittance properties.
Enhancing the properties of low-density polyethylene composites
Thollwana Makhetha, Rantooa Moji, Mokgaotsa Mochane, Teboho Mokhena, Thabang Mokhothu, Tshwafo Motaung, Setumo Motloung, September 2015
Mechanical treatment, with the use of a Supermasscolloider, of sugar cane bagasse significantly improves the mechanical and thermal characteristics of composites made with this material.
Reducing the water uptake of environmentally friendly polypropylene composites
Rafael Balart , David Garcia-Sanoguera, Maria Dolores Samper, Alfredo Carbonell, Daniel Garcia-Garcia, September 2015
Spent coffee ground particles are treated with a fatty acid derivative in a novel hydrophobic method that improves particle dispersion and impact properties.
A walk around the color sphere
Austin Reid, Sandra Davis, Philipp Niedenzu, Rajath Mudalamane , Jill McLaughlin, September 2015
The size distribution of titanium dioxide pigment particles affects the whiteness they impart to a plastic article.
Tuning the structure of microcellular-injected polypropylene
Sebastien Huck, Michel Vincent, Aurore Claverie, Jean-Francois Agassant, Jose Antonio Reglero Ruiz, September 2015
A new microcellular injection process that uses gas counter pressure and movement of the core-back mold results in low-density polypropylene parts with well-controlled cellular structures.
Efficient manufacturing of lightweight composite car seats
Marcus Schuck, September 2015
A new optimization approach combines the use of fiber-reinforced materials, laying and stacking design methods, as well as integrated forming and injection molding processes.
Improved processability of linear low-density polyethylene copolymers
Loredana Incarnato , Luciano Di Maio, Emilia Garofalo, August 2015
Increasing short-chain branching length by even just a few carbon atoms reduces extrudate distortion.
Investigating the crystallization behavior of poly(lactic acid) materials
Wei Li, Zhong-Yong Fan, August 2015
The poly(L-lactide)-to-poly(D-lactide) block length ratio of star-shaped asymmetric stereoblock copolymers is a key control on the crystallization of stereocomplex crystallites.
Dispersion of graphite nanoplates during melt mixing
Loic Hilliou, Maria C. Paiva, Eunice Cunha, Jose Covas, August 2015
The behavior of pristine and functionalized particles within polypropylene was investigated with the use of a prototype small-scale mixer.
Predicting shrinkage of plastic films and sheets
Michael Read, Wenyi Huang , Todd Hogan, August 2015
A new relaxation model has been developed to predict the level of shrinkage that occurs during continuous annealing processes.
Evaluating the effects of low-velocity impacts in sandwich composites
Ying Yan, Taotao Zhang, August 2015
A new 3D numerical simulation approach considers facesheet intralaminar damage, interlaminar delamination, and honeycomb plastic deformation, as well as compression after impact.
Magnetite nanocomposite films for radiation shielding
Sayed M. Badawy, August 2015
Light and flexible polyvinyl alcohol films containing magnetite nanoparticles 6-11nm in diameter provide shielding from gamma rays.
Interfacial modification of alkali-treated kenaf fiber
Mohd. Zharif Ahmad Thirmizir, Zainal Arifin Mohd. Ishak, Razaina Mat Taib, Muhamad Saifuddin Salim, Dody Ariawan, August 2015
The creation of a compatible interface with a polymer matrix enhances the interaction between the fibers and unsaturated polyester composites.
Investigating rapid heat cycle molding
Giovanni Lucchetta, Filippo Zanini, Luca Crema , Simone Carmignato, August 2015
New molding technology affects the mechanical properties of fiber-reinforced polymer materials.
Conformal cooling efficiencies in stretch blow molding
Robert Beard, Reiner Westhoff, Sumit Mukherjee , Ron Puvak, August 2015
Simulating and measuring mold temperatures and stress crack performance helps improve quenching and petaloid base performance.
Interparticle confinement in nanocomposites
Golan Tanami, Gad Marom, July 2015
In addition to their reinforcing potential, nanoparticles may affect properties indirectly by acting on the polymer matrix of a nanocomposite, in particular through nucleation and interparticle confinement.
Properties of polyamide-6/cellulose composites enhanced by lignin-containing fibers
Felipe Cicaroni Fernandes, Marco-Aurelio De Paoli, July 2015
The mechanical properties and stability of cellulose-fiber-reinforced polyamide-6 can be improved by carefully controlling processing properties, employing a lubricant, and using high-lignin-content fibers.
Using graphene to toughen rigid poly(vinyl chloride)
Han Wang, You Zeng, July 2015
The easy dispersion and high flexibility of crumpled multi-layer graphene permit a novel manufacturing approach for nanocomposite materials.
New solutions for metal/plastic hybrid design via nano-molding technology
Harold Ho, Xiaoyu Sun , Yuanqing He, July 2015
Novel glass-fiber-reinforced compound solutions enable high adhesion between metal and plastic, improved mechanical properties, superior chemical resistance, and desirable aesthetics for consumer electronics.
Effect of inorganic pigments on the hygrothermal properties of wood-plastic composites
Changyan Xu, July 2015
The addition of iron oxide pigments to wood-plastic composites results in an increase in the flexural strength and moduli they exhibit after hygrothermal aging tests.

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