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Technical article briefs
High-performance biobased polymer composites
Polymers based on canola and soybean oils perform well in E-glass fiber reinforced composites, thanks to carefully selected curing agents.
Exploring a novel clay in ternary polymer blend nanocomposites
Organically modified vermiculite shows good dispersion in a miscible blend of poly(L-lactic acid), poly(methyl methacrylate), and poly(ethylene oxide), without altering the polymer crystal structures.
Enhanced crystallization of polylactide by adding a multiamide compound
A multiamide nucleating agent, N,N',N"- -tricyclohexyl-1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylamide, promotes the nucleation process of polylactide and further accelerates its overall crystallization rate.
Improving biodegradable polymer nanocomposites
Adding silica nanoparticles to poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate) by melt compounding makes it stronger but more brittle.
Balancing toughness and strength in a polymer blend
The distribution of multiwall carbon nanotubes in polystyrene/elastomer blends and their effect on mechanical properties depend on the ratio of the two principal components.
Specific nonlinear viscoelasticity in reinforced natural rubber
Natural rubber reinforced with zinc dimethacrylate shows specific nonlinear viscoelasticity behavior due to ionic cross-links.
Kenaf-fiber-reinforced copolyester biocomposites
Alkali-treated kenaf fibers improve the thermal and mechanical properties of an aliphatic-aromatic copolyester resin.
Improved polypropylene/clay nanocomposites
Malaysian montmorillonite can be incorporated into a polymer nanocomposite with comparable performance to existing commercial forms.
Improved mathematical modeling for the sheet reheat phase during thermoforming
A model to improve control of sheet reheating considers temperature-dependent properties, sheet color, and operating conditions, and was validated by experiments.
Design guidelines for strong and tough polymer composites
Finite element analysis and experiments illuminate the stress transfer effect on the stability of uniaxial deformation of fiber-reinforced plastics.
Biaxial deformation of PET in stretch blow molding
A series of experiments help to understand the effects of temperature, strain rate, and mode of deformation on the biaxial stress-strain behavior of a common industrial plastic.
Multiwalled carbon nanotube/polysulfone composites
A new theoretical technique could potentially take the guesswork out of which treatments, when applied to nanoparticles, will produce superior composites.
Porous scaffolds based on poly(L-lysine)/microcrystalline cellulose biocomposite
The unique features of poly(L-lysine) and microcrystalline cellulose combine to produce a more stable material for tissue-engineering scaffolds.
Hindering crack growth in natural rubber and nanocomposites
Nanodispersed clay can greatly improve crack growth resistance by enhancing tensile strength under static conditions and improving flex-fatigue properties under dynamic conditions.
Modeling complete perforation failure of fiber metal laminates
Knowledge of the perforation behavior of a glass fiber-reinforced epoxy/aluminum, modeled by finite element analysis, could help optimize fiber metal laminate designs.
Polypyrrole/graphene oxide composites with improved conductivity and solubility
Doping polypyrrole with graphene oxide during polymer synthesis improves the water solubility and electrical conductivity of the nanocomposite.
Dispersed nanoparticles give stronger plastics
A new dry milling process creates nanoparticle-coated fillers that improve the strength and thermal stability of polypropylene composites.
Efficient toughening and reinforcing of polyvinyl acetate
Adding cellulose nanowhiskers and nanofibers improves the tensile properties of polymer nanocomposites.
Photocurable, highly water-repellent coatings on Borofloat glass substrates
Castor oil is a natural product suitable for preparing UV-curable hydrophobic coatings.
Shielding with conductive polymer and carbon fiber composites
Short carbon fibers mixed with blends of ethylene vinyl acetate and acrylonitrile butadiene copolymer are promising materials for shielding electronics from electromagnetic radiation.
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