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Functionally graded porous membranes for effective sound absorption
Noureddine Atalla, Chul B. Park, Hani E. Naguib, Shahrzad Ghaffari Mosanenzadeh, July 2015

Tailoring the microstructure of biobased open-cell porous materials could enable the development of innovative, eco-friendly thermoplastic packages for acoustic applications.

Estimating ASTM melt flow rates from oscillatory shear rheology
Ching-Tai Lue, July 2015

A new approach makes it possible to estimate all ASTM-standard flow rates and flow-rate ratios from a single run of small-amplitude oscillatory shear testing.

Predicting long-term creep of polymer blends
Ying Shi, July 2015

Time-temperature superposition principles successfully forecast behavior under long-term loading.

Effective control of warping during injection molding
Shih-Chih Nian, Chih-Yang Wu, Ming-Shyan Huang, July 2015

Local mold temperature settings can be used to reduce the amount of warpage in fabricated thin-walled plastic parts.

Acid-free preparation of natural rubber/clay nanocomposites
Woothichai Thaijaroen, Norbert Vennemann, Uraiwan Sookyung, Charoen Nakason, June 2015

Preparing natural rubber/clay nanocomposites by a drying rather than acid coagulation method improves the thermal resistance, tensile strength, and modulus of the rubber vulcanizates.

Novel approach for achieving tight injection-molding tolerances
Mark Berry, Yasuo Ishiwata, David Kazmer, June 2015

Stacked melt temperature and pressure sensors are used to accurately model the shrinkage of molded parts.

Adding carbon nanoparticles with different geometries to poly(ethylene terephthalate)
Sandra Paszkiewicz, June 2015

The addition of expanded graphite and single-walled carbon nanotubes to poly(ethylene terephthalate) leads to a range of enhanced mechanical and barrier properties in the resultant nanocomposite.

High-surface-area and high-porosity conductive nanostructures
Rosario Elida Suman Bretas, Uttandaraman Sundararaj, Aline Bruna da Silva, Joao Paulo Santos, June 2015

Anchoring multiwalled carbon nanotubes to polymeric nanofibers produces conductive nanostructures with high surface area and high porosity.

Monitoring polymer melt rheology during injection molding
Chien Liang Wu, Chung Chih Lin, June 2015

Monitoring the rheological properties of a polymer under different processing parameters gives insight into its melt state and allows the quality of injection-molded parts to be predicted.

Altering the mechanical properties of syntactic foams
Xuesong Lv, Yan Qin, Zhixiong Huang, Chi Huang, June 2015

Addition of carbon fiber reinforcements and hollow glass microspheres improves damping properties and storage modulus values of epoxy syntactic foams.

A step toward lightweight, high-performance supercapacitors
HaoTian Harvey Shi, Hani E. Naguib, June 2015

A new lightweight, electrically conductive polymer nanocomposite may prove suitable for current-collector applications in supercapacitors.

Investigating agricultural waste-reinforced polyurethane elastomer green composites
Mehmet Dogan, Erdal Bayramli , Umit Tayfun, June 2015

Enhancing interfacial interactions between natural filler and polymer matrix by modifying the surface of rice straw results in stronger thermoplastic polyurethane-based eco-composites.

Flow simulation software to optimize coextrusion die design
Kim Ryckebosch, Mahesh Gupta, June 2015

Virtual fine-tuning of coextrusion dies using a flow simulation software reduced the lead time and the number of fine-tuning cycles in experiments by 35  significantly cutting the cost of designing a die.

Improving the mechanical behavior of polypropylene nanocomposites
Sundaresan Arunachalam, Markus Battisti , Walter Friesenbichler, May 2015

The addition of smectite-based nanoclays with appropriate compatibilizers can enhance the mechanical properties of polypropylene matrices.

Improving nanocomposites by adjusting injection-molding conditions
Pedro Henrique Hermes Araujo, Humberto Gracher Riella, Jair Fiori Junior, Renato Adriano Damiani, Marcio Antonio Fiori , Almir Barros da Silva Santos Neto, May 2015

Varying the temperature during injection molding substantially improves the mechanical and thermal properties of polyamide nanocomposites reinforced with glass fiber and nanoclay.

Improving polymer blend nanocomposite films
Marco Morreale, Manuela Ceraulo, Maria Chiara Mistretta, Francesco Paolo La Mantia, May 2015

Comparing anisotropic and isotropic nanocomposites reveals unexpected behavior as a result of compatibilization.

Water uptake and its effect on biocomposites
Papa-Birame Gning, Vincent Francois, Karim Bensalem, Lotfi Toubal, Jean-Christophe Cuilliere, May 2015

A non-Fickian model of moisture diffusion in a hemp/polypropylene composite allows better prediction of moisture uptake and its related effect on mechanical properties.

Toughness of center-cracked polypropylene films
Hoang Pham, Arzu Hayirlioglu Topuzlu, May 2015

A simple tensile test method that uses the strain energy of materials predicts the failure strength of multilayer films.

Electromagnetic shielding with conductive polymer composite materials
Vijay Wani, Mark Barger, Richard Fox, May 2015

Conductive polymer fillers can be used in shielding structures for electronic devices, but have associated challenges related to processing techniques.

Natural-fiber reinforced plastics for high-temperature uses
Prakash Hadimani, Padmanabhan B. Raman, Robert Roden, Sambhu Bhadra, Babu Padmanabhan, May 2015

Jute-filled polypropylene composites with a heat deflection temperature above150°C and improved mechanical and flow properties were developed on a high-performance co-rotating twin-screw compounder.

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