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Technical Article Briefs
Mechanical properties of hybrid composites enhanced with coir fiber hybridization
Hybrid composites possessing unique properties can be made by incorporating two or more natural fibers into a single matrix.
New life for aircraft waste composites
Recyclable thermoplastic composite materials, made of waste from dismantled aircraft and polystyrene loose-fill packaging, are capable of handling high weight loads.
Wood apple shell particulates reinforce epoxy composites
Adding biodegradable shell particulates to an epoxy resin matrix yields superior thermal stability and mechanical properties while lowering fabrication cost.
Improved toughness of polypropylene/wollastonite composites
Modifying the interface in polypropylene/wollastonite composites during compounding improves dispersion of the filler and increases impact strength and ductility.
Strengthening composites with waste rubber
Process optimization enables impact modification of polymer composites using surface-coated waste rubber particles.
Rapid evaluation of thermal aging of polymer composites
A statistical model predicts the residual flexural strength and lifetime of polymer composites based on performance over several days.
Improving starch-based materials for packaging
Starch/clay bionanocomposites synthesized by solution blending show enhanced thermal resistance, fire retardancy, and lower oxygen permeability with increasing clay loading.
Skinless thermoplastic polyurethane foams
Using carbon dioxide and water as co-blowing agents during microcellular injection molding forms a foam with promise for use as a tissue engineering scaffold.
Effect of kaolin and calcined kaolin loading on styrene butadiene rubber composites
Filling styrene butadiene rubber with untreated and calcined kaolin improves the mechanical properties of the composite.
Characterizing petroleum fermentation polyamide 11,11
The thermal and mechanical properties of petroleum fermentation polyamide 11,11 reveal its suitability as an engineering plastic.
Melt temperature consistency during polymer extrusion
A thermocouple mesh technique measured melt temperature radially across polymer flows, precisely profiling the relationship between melt behavior and processing parameters in polymer extrusion.
A bimodal shear rate distribution from multi-melt multi-injection molding
A model polymer blend produced from an innovative molding process demonstrates a bimodal shear rate distribution that is stronger than that found in parts molded by conventional injection molding.
Sulfonation of polyethylene improves functionality for fabricating technical textiles
Homogeneous and profound sulfonation of low-density polyethylene can improve its conductivity, antistatic behavior, and hydrophilicity, enhancing its potential application in technical textiles.
Amorphous polyamide/carbon nanotube nanocomposites
The addition of multiwalled carbon nanotubes to an amorphous polyamide leads to electrically conductive nanocomposite materials with enhanced mechanical properties and thermal stability.
Poly(butylene succinate)/ halloysite nanotube nanocomposites
The strength and modulus of poly(butylene succinate) can be increased with the addition of halloysite nanotubes, without a significant loss of ductility.
To optimize nanofabrication, consider unique traits
With optimized parameters, nano hot embossing can create high-quality patterns again and again.
Extrusion of foams from engineering plastics using supercritical carbon dioxide
A single-screw-extrusion-based foaming process using supercritical carbon dioxide can effectively generate foams of poly(ether imide) at high temperatures while providing excellent control of the foam's properties.
Permanent indentation and damage behavior of composite laminates
Considering the fiber, matrix, and interface contribution to permanent indentation and associated damage predicts when prominent indentation formation will occur.
Effect of nanofiller type on degradation of polylactic acid
Polylactic acid nanocomposites with montmorillonite and silica nanofillers showed different thermomechanical property alterations over a six-month aging period.
Structure and properties of stoichiometrically balanced epoxy-amine thermosets
The network structures and properties of a thermosetting, stoichiometrically balanced epoxy-amine system depend on extent of reaction.
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