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Rapid and accurate image analysis procedure for fiber length measurements
Giovanni Lucchetta, Irenko Dubrovich, Ruggero Giusti, May 2015

The effects of two different 40mm screws on fiber breakage during plastication are compared.

Enhancing compatibility of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and starch
Trong-Ming Don, May 2015

Grafting poly(vinyl acetate) from starch improves film formability, thermal stability, and toughness in biodegradable poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)/starch blends.

The effect of organoclay concentration on polyurethane nanocomposites
Jude Iroh, Shirley Peng, May 2015

Incorporating nanosized clay fillers into a polyurethane matrix improves the processability of the resultant composites at ambient temperatures.

Foam injection molding enhances the electrical conductivity of nanocomposites
Petra Potschke, Chul Park, Amir Ameli, April 2015

Adding foam to polypropylene/carbon nanotube composites increases electrical conductivity by more than six orders of magnitude while decreasing density.

Fabricating highly crystalline polyester articles
Zahir Bashir, April 2015

An adapted industrial metallurgical method produces highly crystalline polyester articles from powder, without melting fully.

Creating internal geometries in injection-molded parts
Randolph Ashton, Cyrus Thompson, Hrishikesh Kharbas, Jason McNulty , Lih-Sheng Turng, April 2015

A sacrificial injection-molding process fabricates components with complex internal geometries.

Hollow-core photonic crystal fibers for high-power, ultrafast lasers
Fetah Benabid, Frederic Gerome, Benoit Debord, Ursula Keller, Cinia Schriber, Andreas Diebold, Florian Emaury, Clara Saraceno , Thomas Sudmeyer, April 2015

Combining Kagome lattice hollow-core photonic crystal fibers with ultrafast lasers enables transmission and pulse compression with high energy and high average power.

The effects of miniaturization and processing on microinjection moldings
Michael D. Gilchrist, Nan Zhang, April 2015

Product miniaturization and high shear/cooling rates during microinjection molding increase the volume of the highly oriented skin layer, thereby modifying the mechanical properties of the fabricated product.

Solution-cast graphite nanoplatelet/poly(lactic acid) nanocomposite films
Kyriaki Kalaitzidou, Erin M. Sullivan , Richard Flowers, Ben Wang, April 2015

The microstructure and mechanical properties of solution-cast composite films can be significantly improved by compression molding.

Evaluating pigment dispersion for better color in plastics
Remon Pop-Iliev, Ghaus Rizvi, Shahid Ahmed, April 2015

Scanning electron micrography and image analysis assess coloration mixing quality during polymer resin extrusion.

Tunable drug delivery from a smart rubber composite
Melodie I. Lawton, Patrick T. Mather, April 2015

A strong, elastic synthetic biomaterial that mimics soft tissues remembers shapes and provides controlled release of a model drug.

The structural and acoustic properties of polyolefin foam/film multilayer materials
Wenbin Liang , Xiaojie Sun, Shih-Yaw Lai, April 2015

A microscale multilayered structure of alternating foam and film layers, prepared using microlayer co-extrusion technology, results in a well-ordered multilayered structure, leading to enhanced sound absorption.

Improved puncture resistance testing of flexible food packages
Barry Morris, Diane Hahm, Randy Kendzierski, Rong Jiao, Leopoldo Carbajal, April 2015

A high-speed impact test for measuring puncture resistance of multilayer films was developed that shows good correlation with field failures and helps optimize performance for food packaging.

Deformation-induced change to the mechanical properties of polyethylene
Pean-Yue Ben Jar, March 2015

A short-term test method to evaluate the performance of polyethylene pipes enables the effect of prior deformation on the tangent modulus to be measured and may prove useful for in-service monitoring.2

Innovative approach to the design of profile extrusion dies
Paulo Teixeira, Luis Ferras, Alexandre Afonso, Nelson Goncalves, March 2015

Investigation of an extrusion die designed for the production of wood-plastic-composite decking profiles shows that numerical tools help to optimize flow balance.

Linear low-density polyethylene and ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer multilayer films
Marc Mangnus, Josep Bonet Avalos, Maria Serral , Peter Sandkuhler, February 2015

A simple additive rule predicts the viscoelasticity of multilayer films from the properties of pure component films obtained under the same processing conditions.

Predicting the electrical properties of conductive composites
Rafael Guntzel Arenhart , Guilherme Mariz de Oliveira Barra, Celso Peres Fernandes, February 2015

A numerical method that takes into account the size variability of particles enables better prediction of the electrical conductivity of insulating composites filled with conductive particles.

A new approach to reinforcing Nylon 6 nanocomposites
Denis Rodrigue , Hajar Yousefian, February 2015

The stiffness and other mechanical properties of Nylon 6 nanocomposites can be improved with nanocrystalline cellulose by melt blending and processing.

Fatigue loading enhances the strength of nylon nanofiber yarns
Giti Torkaman, Hossein Hosseini-Toudeshky, Sara Asghari Mooneghi, Ali Akbar Gharehaghaji, January 2015

The application of tensile fatigue to nylon-66 nanofiber yarns improves the nanofiber alignment and crystallinity of their structure, thereby increasing tensile strength.

Modeling multilayer film co-extrusion
Mark Simmons, Kieran Looney, James Champion, January 2015

Die plug analysis and chloroform washing validate a computational fluid dynamics model of polyester co-extrusion.

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