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Technical Article Briefs
Real-time measurement of local permeability during resin transfer molding
Bai-Jian Wei, Yu-Sung Chang, Yuan Yao, Kai-Hong Wang, January 2015
Effective real-time measurement of local preform permeability during resin transfer molding manufacturing is critically important for both product quality control and numerical process simulation.
Biodegradable porous structures derived from multiphase polymer blends
Costas Panayiotou, Ioannis Zuburtikudis , Apostolos Baklavaridis, January 2015
Reinforcing multiphase porous biopolymer composites with clay platelets increases their mechanical strength, making them a promising candidate for future tissue engineering applications.
3D printing biocomposites
Branden Lewandowski, Steven Ott, Louis Reifschneider, Victoria Finkenstadt, Zengshe Liu, Brent Tisserat, January 2015
Poor interfacial binding reduces the mechanical properties of 3D printed tensile bars prepared from filaments of blends of biomaterials with polylactic acid.
Crack-fiber interaction in fiber-reinforced composites
January 2015
The matrix crack-fiber bundle interaction in fiber-reinforced composites is investigated analytically and experimentally.
Autoclaved aerated concrete waste composites as a filler for natural rubber
Garry L. Rempel, Wanvimon Arayapranee, December 2014
Filling natural rubber with autoclaved aerated concrete waste enhances the processability and tensile and thermal properties of the composites.
Feather-inspired strong, light layered composites
Charalabos Doumanidis, James Seferis , Vasileios Drakonakis, December 2014
Layered carbon-fiber-reinforced composites with a fractal-structured interlayer of carbon-nanotube-reinforced nanofibers show a high strength/weight ratio.
Injection-molded parts using polypropylene/carbon nanotube composites
Alberto Chiva-Flor, Jose Luis Feijoo, Sergio Torres-Giner, December 2014
A novel melt compounding masterbatch technique yields polymer nanocomposites with an electrically conductive network.
Electrically conductive nanocomposite
Rachid Bouhfid, Abouelkacem Qaiss, November 2014
Adding graphene nanosheets to polymer blend polyamide 6/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene blends leads to electrically conductive nanocomposite materials at smaller threshold percolation.
Green composites based on poly(butylene) succinate
Zoi Terzopoulou, Dimitrios Bikiaris, November 2014
Reinforcing poly(butylene succinate) with hemp fibers and shives enhances the biodegradation rate.
Modifying poly(ethylene terephthalate) for low-density foams
Xun Pan, Tao Liu, Zhenhao Xi, Tian Xia, Ling Zhao , Chaoyang Fan, November 2014
Reactive extrusion with pyromellitic dianhydride and controlled foaming of the melt with supercritical carbion dioxide produce high-melt-strength poly(ethylene terephthalate) foam.
Immobilizing polymer chains in chlorobutyl rubber nanocomposites
Kuruvilla Joseph, Saritha Appukuttan, November 2014
The varying organic modification, lattice spacing, and concentration of added nanoclays have a profound effect on the constrained polymer volume in chlorobutyl rubber nanocomposites.
Choice of extrusion screw for recycling glass-fiber-reinforced liquid crystal polymer
Shuidong Zhang, November 2014
A smaller extrusion screw produces a recycled product with adequate mechanical and thermal properties for reuse in electronic and electrical applications.
Microstructure and rheology of high-melt-strength poly-(propylene) impact copolymer
Ashish Lele, Kishor Jadhav, Sunil Mahajan, Saroj Jha, Deepa Dhoble, Anushree Deshpande, Kalyani Chikhalikar, Harshawardhan Pol , Zubair Ahmad, Surendra Kulkarni, Surendra Gupta, November 2014
Separating a linear and a long chain branched impact polypropylene copolymer (ICP) into their subcomponent phases reveals the long chain branching and microgel content of each phase.
Simple, efficient preparation of high-performance natural rubber composites
Charoen Nakason, Yeampon Nakaramontri, Norbert Vennemann, Claudia Kummerlowe, November 2014
In situ functionalization of carbon nanotubes gives composites with a very low electrical percolation threshold and excellent properties.
Controlled branching in propylene polymerization
Saptarshi Majumdar, Anitha Mogilicharla, Kishalay Mitra, October 2014
A validated mechanistic kinetic model for a long-chain branched polypropylene system is proposed and optimized for controlled branching for the first time.
High-voltage insulation with enhanced delamination resistance
Dietmar Lenko, Sandra Schlogl, October 2014
Flexible laminates based on silicone rubber promote high delamination resistance in stator bar insulation, offering a promising approach for the manufacture of high-voltage generators with extended lifetimes.
Upcycling leather waste
Aldo Eloizo Job, Eduardo Roque Budemberg, Renivaldo Jose dos Santos , Flavio Camargo Cabrera , Deuber Lincon da Silva Agostini, October 2014
Incorporating contaminated leather waste into natural rubber improves the rubber's mechanical properties and avoids improper disposal of toxins.
High-shear-rate capillary rheology of polymer melts
Wei-Sheng Guan, An-Fu Chen , Han-Xiong Huang, October 2014
Investigation into the high-shear-rate rheology of polystyrene, polypropylene, and linear low-density polyethylene melts yields their true viscosities and sheds light on their rheological behavior.
Improving the miscibility of polymer blends with nanoclays
Farkhondeh Hemmati , Hamid Garmabi, Hamid Modarress, October 2014
Nanoclays are unique additives for polymer blends that not only reinforce them as nanofillers but also act as compatibilizers.
Increasing dispersion in polypropylene/natural clay nanocomposites
Pyus D. Tatiya, Vikas V. Gite, September 2014
Using a compatibilizer in the presence of hyperbranched polyester enables simpler and more cost-effective melt compounding of polypropylene/natural montmorillonite nanocomposites.

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