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Technical Article Briefs
Reclaiming ground tire rubber at low temperatures: benefits and limitations
Jozef Haponiuk, Krzysztof Formela , Magdalena Formela, September 2014
Lower extrusion temperatures during rubber reclamation lead to a reduction in toxic degradation products and improve the mechanical properties of vulcanizates, at the expense of reduced processability.
Flame retardancy of halogen-free composites prepared by rapid heat cycle molding
Weihua Wang, September 2014
Adding glass fibers to polycarbonate/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene composites aggravates combustion by a ‘candlewick’ effect.
New biodegradable composites for food packaging
Antonio A. Vicente, Ricardo Pereira, Loïc Hilliou , Marie-Alix Berthet, Jose A. Covas , Mara Cunha, September 2014
Beer spent grain fibers are a biodegradable waste resource that forms breathable thin films by conventional extrusion film blowing under processing conditions scalable to industrial production.
Foaming mechanism and control in microcellular injection molding
Jia-Chang Wang, Lei Zhang, Gui-Long Wang, Guo-Qun Zhao, September 2014
The formation mechanism of inner and external bubble morphology, and of the solid skin in microcellular injection molding, is elucidated and verified for effective bubble morphology control.
Green technology for modification of poly(vinyl chloride)
Yelena Kann, September 2014
Biodegradable poly(hydroxybutyrate) copolymers plasticize, toughen, improve processing, and reduce UV discoloration.
Biopolyesters filled with date seed powder
Vikas Mittal , Nadejda Matsko, September 2014
Using date seed powder to reinforce the biodegradable polyesters poly-L-lactide and poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) improves their properties.
Post-industrial waste nylon for automotive applications
David DuQuesnay , Ying Zhang, Philip Bates, August 2014
Although slightly lower in tensile and fatigue strength, glass-fiber-reinforced waste nylon can be a viable substitute for reinforced prime nylon in cyclically loaded under-hood automotive applications.
Enhancing properties and value of recycled plastics
Ramazan Asmatulu, August 2014
Adding graphene nanoflakes to recycled high-density polyethylene drastically improves its performance.
Bioplasticized poly(vinyl chloride)
Bharat Chaudhary, August 2014
Treatment with epoxidized soybean oil and bis(2-ethylhexyl) succinate for wire and cable applications softens the polymer but preserves tensile elongation properties after heat aging.
Synthesis and properties of polystyrene/silicon dioxide nanocomposites
Wen-Xing Chen, Xian-Ming Zhang, Shi-Yang Zhu , Lian-Fang Feng, August 2014
An in situ sol-gel process enables good compatibility between organic and inorganic phases and leads to increased thermal stability with increasing inorganic content.
Modified resin for high-performance composites
Isala Dueramae, Sarawut Rimdusit, July 2014
A simple and practical modification makes a new class of phenolic resin—benzoxazine resin—stronger and more resilient.
Voids in composites with continuous fiber reinforcement
M. Cengiz Altan, Jacob P. Anderson, July 2014
An enhanced void formation model was developed to accurately predict the void content of composite laminates fabricated from prepreg after humidity exposure and across a range of processing pressures.
Effect of chemical treatment on newspaper fibers
Isabelle Pillin, Yves Grohens, Nacera Chibani, Amar Boukerrou, Hocine Djidjelli, Samira Nedjma , Djafer Benachour, July 2014
De-inking and modifying newspapers with acetic anhydride, sodium hydroxide, and potassium permanganate enhances interfacial adhesion between a polyvinyl chloride matrix and the newspaper fibers.
Screw speed and nanocomposite rheology
Ademir Jose Zattera , Vinicius Pistor, July 2014
Process conditions affect the intercalation, exfoliation, slippage of polymer chains, and relaxation times of polymer-clay nanocomposites.
Typical interactions of composite additives with polyethylene and nanoclay
Ruijun Gu , Mohini Sain, June 2014
Maleated polyolefins are commonly used to compatibilize wood fiber-reinforced composites, but can decrease tensile strength. Dicumyl peroxide may be a superior choice when natural fibers are not used.
Toughening epoxy with liquid and preformed powdered rubber
Li-Xiu Gong, Lian-Bin Wu, Jian-Xiong Jiang, Li-Zhi Guan, Long-Cheng Tang, June 2014
Phase-separation-formed submicron liquid rubber and preformed powdered nanoscale rubber fillers balance the mechanical and thermal properties of epoxy resin nanocomposites.
Exploring the mixing performance of triple-screw extruders
Yadong He, Dongquan Yu, Jingyao Sun, Kunxiao Yang, June 2014
The central region of the triangle-arrayed triple-screw extruder has an extension effect in processing that plays an important part in compounding high-viscosity-ratio polymers.
Facile exfoliation of graphite for preparation of polypropylene/graphite nanocomposites
Nan Li, Ke Wang, June 2014
Combining rotating solid-state mixing and dynamic packing injection molding enables graphite flakes to be well-exfoliated and dispersed in polypropylene matrices, resulting in high-performance composites.
Enhanced cold crystallization of glassy poly(L-lactic acid)
Changyu Shen, Yaming Wang, Qian Li, Chunguang Shao, June 2014
Glassy PLA samples prepared by rapid compression possess lower onset crystallization temperature, higher crystallization rate, and larger final crystallinity than samples prepared by other methods.
Antibiotic wound dressings
Sheeja Rajiv , Sabitha Mahadevan, June 2014
Incorporating ampicillin into electrospun polyurethane makes bandages that control common infections.

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