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Technical article briefs
Behavior of microencapsulated phase change material/epoxy composites
Interfacial debonding behaviors affect the mechanical properties of microencapsulated phase change material/epoxy composites.
Effect of ceramic filler on photopolymerized barium-titanate acrylic composites
Dispersing submicrometric or nanometric barium titanate particles results in flexible piezoelectric materials with properties of use in electronics.
Bioplastic nano-reinforcement extracted from phormium leaf fibers
Cellulose nanofibers from a native New Zealand plant are extracted for use as fillers for biodegradable polymers.
Nanoscale electrospun ferroelectric polyvinylidene fluoride fibers
Ferroelectric and piezoelectric polymeric fibers doped with carbon nanotubes are made for use in nanoscale electronic devices.
Stress and dispersive mixing revealed in real time during melt blending
A practical methodology for using dye-filled beads calculates the stress history of a polymer traveling through a twin screw extruder.
The effect of surface roughness on moldability of thin-wall parts
Investigation of the influences on resin filling for hollow parts shows roughness to be a significant factor in flow length.
Investigating fiber motion in a vortex spinning nozzle
Numerical simulation is used to show how fibers move in the airflow of the nozzle of staple-yarn spinning technology.
Characterizing oxygen-barrier polyacrylonitrile/graphite nanocomposites
Investigation of the oxygen permeability of nanocomposites consisting of polyacrylonitrile and expanded graphite suggests promising flame-retardancy behavior.
Dielectric response of polystyrene/calcium phosphate nanocomposites
Dielectric measurements can be used as a tool to study the filler dispersion and filler-matrix interaction of polystyrene calcium phosphate nanocomposites.
Recovering low-density cross-linked polymeric foams
Compressing heated scraps in a mold keeps density values low enough that recovered materials can be used for similar applications as the virgin material.
New dual-functional liquid crystalline photocrosslinkable polymers
Polymers are prepared from stilbene-based precursors for use in photolithography and optical data storage, among other applications.
Fiber-reinforced polyurethane composites
Reinforcing polyurethane with carbon or glass fibers greatly improves the composite's tensile strength.
Plastic nanocomposites for better thermal resistance
Combining nanofillers with a polyacetal matrix raises the degradation temperature by up to 51°C, and it reduces yellowing by 50%.
Better predictions of airfoil strength
Combining the fiber microbuckling and kinking models improves understanding of longitudinal compressive strength for unidirectional laminated composites commonly used in the aerospace industry.
Stronger and faster-flowing plastics for miniaturizing personal electronics
An innovative technique promises to minimize trade-offs between the processability and mechanical performance of engineering plastics.
New anhydrous polymer electrolyte membranes
Polymers composed of poly(vinyl alcohol), sulfosuccinic acid, and 5-aminotetrazole are used as anhydrous proton exchange membranes.
Improved vacuum thermoforming of polyamide
Irradiating semicrystalline polyamide 12 film stiffens it by promoting crosslinking and broadens the forming temperature window.
Influence of shear energy on the properties of polyolefin nanocomposite pipes
Higher normalized induced shear energy increases exfoliation during polymer processing, reducing longitudinal shrinkage but increasing internal pressure creep time.
Polystyrene nanoparticles stabilize a europium complex
An improved synthetic method allows the hydrophobic shell of polystyrene nanoparticles to protect a luminescent rare earth complex.
Agave fiber can be used to reinforce polyester resin
Agave, in the form of a modified handicraft textile, can improve mechanical resistance of polyester resin.
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