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Technical article briefs
Capillary flow of low-density polyethylene
Low-density polyethylene melts in capillary flow show large vortices and high-pressure drops due to the highly viscoelastic nature of the melt and the pressure dependence of the viscosity.
Toward better bone repair
Calcium sulfate particle and whisker composites with polycaprolactone have improved mechanical properties compared with the pure polymer.
Determining drug solubility in polymer by rheological methods
Using flow characterization techniques to assess drug solubility in polymer is faster and more accurate than thermal or microscopic approaches.
Graphene improves polymer properties
A simple non-covalent method creates polyurethane/graphene nanocomposites with enhanced strength and heat resistance
Better dispersion of clay in a poly(ethylene terephthalate) matrix
Thermokinetic mixing reduces the size of clay particles and disperses them more homogeneously than melt extrusion.
Understanding high -impact polystyrene blends better
Molecular simulation shows the effect of graft structure on the miscibility and impact resistance of polystyrene blends with polybutadiene.
Influence of surface texture on scratch behavior of molded plastics
The scratch properties of surface-textured polypropylene and polycarbonate plastic can be enhanced by decreasing the distance between spherical bumps.
Dispersion in nanocomposites
Re-agglomeration of carbon nanotube fillers does not affect a polymer's mechanical properties.
Carbon nanotube-reinforced epoxy composites for wind turbine blades
Addition of a small amount of carbon nanotubes significantly improves the fatigue performance of an epoxy system.
Toward low-friction, low-wear polycarbonate
Adding molybdenum sulphide improves the wear and scratch resistance of polycarbonate.
Understanding the mechanical and electrical performance of organic solar cells
Molecular dynamics simulations reveal the influence of temperature, chirality, and nanotube radius on the interaction of conjugated polymers and carbon nanotubes.
The effect of silver nanofillers on the properties of polystyrene
Nanocomposites resist thermal degradation better than a pure polystyrene matrix, and exhibit enhanced optical properties.
An excellent compatibilizer for PA66/ABS blends
Maleic anhydride-grafted polybutadiene increases the molecular interaction between polyamide 66 and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer, helping the two plastics blend.
Evaluating nanocomposite structure in real time and by color
In-line light extinction and color measurements can monitor exfoliation in polypropylene/clay nanocomposites during multiple extrusions.
Direct fabrication of periodic patterns on polymers using laser interference
Direct laser interference patterning allows large-area fabrication of periodic structures on polymeric surfaces.
Rotational molding of natural fibers and polyethylene composite materials
Natural fiber polymer composites were produced by a rotational molding process using agave fibers and linear medium-density polyethylene as raw materials.
Titanium dioxide gives tougher rubber
Adding filler particles to chlorobutyl rubber makes it stronger and less permeable, and consequently suitable for new applications, including chemical protective clothing.
Development of smart heat sink composites using hybrid fillers
A novel thermal-barrier composite system reversibly delays temperature increase and prevents instantaneous overheating caused by external thermal shock.
Polymer foams with tailored electrical conductivity using multiwall carbon nanotubes
Controlling the dispersion of carbon nanotubes and the foam microstructure is the key to developing lightweight polymer foams with electrical conductivity for various applications.
Aluminum phosphinate/epoxy flame retardant composites: the influence of the alkyl group
Aluminum diethylphosphinate and aluminum methylethylphosphinate are efficient flame retardants for epoxy resin with different dispersion and polymer matrix compatibility.
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