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Technical article briefs
Evaluating phase inversion during high-impact polystyrene synthesis by means of rheology
Rheological evaluation of relaxation times makes it possible to estimate the occurrence of a crucial switch in phases that determines the final properties of high-impact polystyrene.
Synthesis and properties of acrylate hydrogels as stimuli-responsive materials
Intelligent materials prepared from poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) and its copolymers have attracted much interest for their thermal and pH-stimuli response.
Making an impact with nanocomposites
Nanoclays can improve the performance of injection-molded polypropylene components likely to be subjected to impact in service.
Properties of a multi-walled carbon nanotube/epoxy nanocomposite system
A carbon nanotube/epoxy nanocomposite material has improved strength and useful fluid properties.
Partial carbon black replacement by nanoclay for enhanced crosslinking
The curing reaction of a rubber compound was more efficient with an organoclay-carbon black hybrid filler system.
Thermoplastic-ceramic composites for electronics prepared by cryomilling
Cryogenic high-energy ball milling produces a composite of ethylene vinyl acetate with uniformly dispersed barium titanate particles that retains the useful properties of both the thermoplastic and filler.
Polypyrrole-platinum composite, a potential gas electrode material
Platinum-impregnated polypyrrole could make a corrosion-resistant alternative to carbon-supported platinum electrodes in fuel cells.
Slower crystallization of poly(butylene terephthalate) copolymers
Introducing the unsaturated dicarboxylic acid, fumaric acid, changes the crystallization behavior of a common thermoplastic.
A laminating-multiplying extrusion system for tailored dispersion of polymer blends
A novel extrusion die offers a new route to polymeric composites with specific distribution and morphological evolution of dispersed components in the melt.
Toward electroactive self-cleaning fabrics and films
Solution casting methods can be used to incorporate nanofillers with hydrophobic, conductive, magnetic, and anti-microbial properties into superhydrophobic polymer nanocomposites.
Effect of nanosilica on vulcanizates of natural and reclaimed rubber
Adding nanosilica to vulcanizates of natural and reclaimed rubber enhances their reinforcing efficiency, tensile properties, and thermal stability.
Avermectin-loaded cellulose acetate composite materials
Avermectin-containing fibers, particles, and spheres were manufactured from a cellulose acetate solution and showed effective pesticidal activity via initial fast and later slow release.
Thermal stabilization ability of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanofillers
The polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanofillers examined in this study provided little or no improvement to the thermal properties of melt-blended acrylonitrile butadiene styrene polymer composites.
Key factors affecting processing of natural fiber composites
Processing variables must be considered when replacing synthetic with natural fibers in polymer matrix composites.
Ultrafine rubber particles raise thermoplastic's glass transition temperature
Adding ultrafine full-vulcanized powdered rubber substantially increases a thermoplastic's glass transition temperature, due to the restricted motion of plastic chains at the interface layer.
Enhancing the fluorescence of a europium complex by co-doping with terbium
When two rare-earth ions in complexes are added to a polymer matrix, light emission becomes five times brighter due to energy transfer between the metal ions.
Residual stress effect on rapid crack propagation in polyethylene pipes
Residual stress increases the stored strain energy prior to crack propagation in polyethylene pipes, thus helping to drive the crack, but tests suggest another effect related to crack shape must be at work.
Super-tough polymer nanocomposite blends
Rubber modification of a polyamide/organoclay nanocomposite produced a material that combines high impact strength with stiffness and ductility comparable to those of the pure polyamide.
Optical performance of gas-assist injection molding
Simulation and experimentation are used to analyze birefringence in objects produced by the gas-assist injection molding process.
Green polylactide blends for durable applications
Modifying polylactide/polycarbonate blends with a poly(butylene succinate-co-L-lactate) compatibilizer improves interfacial adhesion, to achieve high impact strength and heat resistance.
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