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Technical Article Briefs
An inverse modeling method for parameter identification of thermoplastics
A new procedure simplifies the identification of true stress-true strain laws for the characterization of thermoplastics.
Achieving robust thermoplastic vibration welds: insights from numerical simulations
Accounting for resin flow behavior in a process model can offer important guidelines for maximizing weld strength by tailoring resin properties and optimizing welding conditions.
Improved biodegradability and mechanical properties of modified starch blends
Poly(lactic acid) is an efficient way to reduce cost and improve the attributes of starch blends.
Toward better treatment for clogged arteries
Bioresorbable composites prepared for mechanical performance are promising candidates as cardiovascular stent material.
Compression-and-shear deformation of amorphous polycarbonate
High-strain-rate compression and shear experiments in amorphous polycarbonate reveal strong sensitivity of yield stress to strain rate as well as coupling of dynamic shear behavior to dilatation.
Toward more durable carbon fiber composites
Surprisingly, hygrothermal exposure causes higher levels of degradation to fluorinated epoxy-based microcomposites, despite lower moisture absorption, than their nonfluorinated epoxy counterparts.
Characterization of metallocene polyethylenes for sealing layer applications
Molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, chain branching, and melting behavior of metallocene polyethylenes play a crucial role in the sealability and hot tack properties of their films.
Thermally stable biopolymer for tissue scaffolds
Modifying poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) with acryloyloxyethyl isocyanate increases the thermal decomposition temperature by 27°C and improves its mechanical properties.
Particle motion dynamics in rotating molds
Simple image analysis techniques are used to follow free-flowing particle motion and detect phenomena such as mixing.
Carbon nanotubes in wind turbine blades
A polyvinyl butyral dispersing agent improves the tensile properties of vinyl ester-based composites with added carbon nanotubes.
Cavitation-induced rupture of high-density polyethylene
In contrast to common fractures caused by surface defects, a particular kind of tear in high-density polyethylene initiates in the central core region of the specimen.
Improved dispersion of conductive particles in polypropylene composites
A synergistic effect between polyaniline and multi-walled carbon nanotubes greatly improves volume conductivity in ternary composites with polypropylene.
Sandwich beams with a graded rubber core under flexural loading
Common, low-cost materials such as fly ash, jute, and rubber can create graded structures with desirable properties that could replace more expensive glass-epoxy materials in certain applications.
A novel lightweight, flexible, conducting polymer composite
Trans-polyisoprene filled with the conducting polymer polyaniline greatly improves thermo-mechanical and thermal conductivity.
Uniquely identifying polymer composite domains using energy-dispersive spectroscopy
Discriminating between microscopic regions of component polymers that have chemically similar structures enables characterization of the phase-inversion composition of a biobased immiscible blend.
A high-efficiency differential injection molding system
A new system based on the planetary gear pump speeds up the manufacture of micro parts by using multiple injection nozzles.
Improved properties of hybrid epoxy nanocomposites
Using both halloysite and recycled cellulose fibers as fillers in epoxy composites enhances their thermal stability, mechanical, and fracture properties.
Real-time x-ray diffraction: crystalline orientation during blown film extrusion
Measurements have confirmed that orientation in the polyethylene bubble takes place well past the frost-line height, even after the blown film diameter is locked into place.
Toward better understanding of solid-state shear pulverization
Evaluating the processing-structure-property relationships of solid-state shear pulverization gives insight into this method for versatile industrial polymer applications.
Thermal stabilization of polyacrylonitrile fibers
Guanidine carbonate pretreatment is effective in accelerating thermal stabilization of polyacrylonitrile precursor fiber prior to the carbonization stage.
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