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Capillary flow of low-density polyethylene
Savvas G. Hatzikiriakos, Mahmoud Ansari, Thanasis Zisis, Evan Mitsoulis, May 2012
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
Guoyuan Li, Yingjun Wang, Sa Liu, Jiangliang Wu, Li Ren, Jinyan Liu, Jin Yan Liu , Qiang Wei, May 2012
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
John Suwardie, May 2012
Using flow characterization techniques to assess drug solubility in polymer is faster and more accurate than thermal or microscopic approaches.
Graphene improves polymer properties
Zhixin Cai, Xinling Wang, May 2012
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
Ilhan Ozen , Yusuf Z. Menceloglu, May 2012
Thermokinetic mixing reduces the size of clay particles and disperses them more homogeneously than melt extrusion.
Understanding high -impact polystyrene blends better
Zhewen Han, Yongliang Yuan, Xiaoyun Liu, Qixin Zhuang, Zhaojun Xue, May 2012
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
Masaya Kotaki , Vadee Chivatanasoontorn, Shun Tsukise, June 2012
The scratch properties of surface-textured polypropylene and polycarbonate plastic can be enhanced by decreasing the distance between spherical bumps.
Dispersion in nanocomposites
Frank Yepez-Castillo, Brian Grady, June 2012
Re-agglomeration of carbon nanotube fillers does not affect a polymer's mechanical properties.
Carbon nanotube-reinforced epoxy composites for wind turbine blades
Donald Feke, Ica Manas-Zloczower, Marcio Loos, Jingting Yang, June 2012
Addition of a small amount of carbon nanotubes significantly improves the fatigue performance of an epoxy system.
Toward low-friction, low-wear polycarbonate
Eswarappa Basavaraj, Siddaramaiah, Bommulu Ramaraj, June 2012
Adding molybdenum sulphide improves the wear and scratch resistance of polycarbonate.
Understanding the mechanical and electrical performance of organic solar cells
Kavoos Mirabbaszadeh , Esmaeil Zaminpayma, June 2012
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
Dzunuzovic Jasna V., Jovan Nedeljkovic, Ivana Vukoje, Vesna Vodnik , Dusan K. Bozanic, June 2012
Nanocomposites resist thermal degradation better than a pure polystyrene matrix, and exhibit enhanced optical properties.
An excellent compatibilizer for PA66/ABS blends
Xiaoming Liu, Yucai Ke, Jingjing An, Yongmei Ma , Xinyu Cao, Huahao Yang, Fosong Wang, June 2012
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
Sebastiao Vicente Canevarolo, Kelen Cristina dos Reis, July 2012
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
Sebastian Eckhardt, Denise Langheinrich, Andres F. Lasagni, July 2012
Direct laser interference patterning allows large-area fabrication of periodic structures on polymeric surfaces.
Rotational molding of natural fibers and polyethylene composite materials
Jorge R. Robledo-Ortiz, Ruben Gonzalez-Nunez, Rosa Maria Jimenez, Pedro Ortega-Gudino, Ruben H. Lopez-Banuelos, July 2012
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
A. Saritha, Kuruvilla Joseph, July 2012
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
Young-Kwan Lee, Seung-Chul Hong, Joon-Suk Oh, Taeseon Hwang, Sung-Woon Yoon, Jung-Pyo Hong, Jae-do Nam , Md Mainul Hossain Bhuiya, Kwang J. Kim, July 2012
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
Vassilis Kostopoulos, Antonios Vavouliotis, Myrto Matzakou, Athanasios Baltopoulos, Nikolaos Athanasopoulos, July 2012
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
Shao-jun Cai, Ji-yan Liu, Xue-quing Liu, July 2012
Aluminum diethylphosphinate and aluminum methylethylphosphinate are efficient flame retardants for epoxy resin with different dispersion and polymer matrix compatibility.

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