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Technical Article Briefs
Experimental investigation of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene fracture
A new loading device was developed to determine the mixed-mode critical stress intensity factors of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene.
Breathable polyethylene/sepiolite nanocomposite films
Polyethylene/sepiolite nanocomposite films provide a new material with high elongation at break and transparency, increased Young's modulus and strength, and higher gas permeability.
A novel dielectric sensor
Composites of polyaniline with ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer combine tensile strength and a high dielectric response.
Rheological investigation of the elasticity of polymeric systems
Shear rheological analysis has led to a new insight into the relationship between the first normal stress difference, the dispersion of filler material, and the applied shear stress on polymer nanocomposites.
Controlling diameter of fibers for antibacterial dressings
Incorporating larger zinc oxide nanoparticles results in finer electrospun fibers of poly(vinyl alcohol).
Hybrid reinforcement of silicone rubber
Filling with montmorillonite clay and precipitated silica significantly improves mechanical properties.
Fabrication of self-reinforced polycarbonate films
Uniaxial stretching with appropriate choices of stretching ratio, stretching rate, and temperature improves the strength, stiffness, and optical properties of amorphous polycarbonate film.
Rheology and crystallization of polyethylene/organoclay nanocomposite films
Elongational flow in polyethylene/organoclay nanocomposites breaks their 3D network and aligns clay platelets, subsequently affecting the composite's non-isothermal crystallization and melt behavior.
Characterization of kaolin-filled polymer composites
Addition of a treated kaolin filler improves the mechanical and electrical properties of polymer composites produced from unsaturated polyester derived from polyethylene terephthalate waste.
Polyamide 6/polycarbonate blends compatibilized in situ
Toughened blends of two immiscible polymers were obtained by adding unmodified and maleated poly[styrene-b-(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-styrene] triblock copolymer to achieve a core-shell morphology.
Graft polymers for separation of heavy metals
Polystyrene-graft-ethyl methacrylate copolymer can be used to remove zinc, copper, and cobalt ions from samples.
Improving the performance of monomer-cast nylon 6
Using liquid paraffin and dimethyl silicone fluid as modifiers in monomer-cast nylon 6 leads to improved tribological and mechanical properties.
Thermal degradation of polyamide 6 with melamine and boron-based additives
The thermal degradation characteristics of polyamide 6 containing melamine and boron-based compounds was systematically investigated with direct pyrolysis mass spectrometry.
Tough polyamide 6/core-shell blends by reactive extrusion
Continuous in situ anionic polymerization of e-caprolactam in a twin screw extruder produces tough polyamide 6 blends incorporating dispersed domains with a core-shell structure.
Cure kinetics of organoclay-unsaturated polyester resin nanocomposites
The choice of clay affects homogeneity, curing behavior, and optimal curing conditions.
Eliminating separation during powder injection molding
A combination of scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, and a mathematical approach quantify the extent of separation of highly filled polymer melts.
Processing effects on piezoelectric films
Films of poly(vinylidene fluoride) copolymerized with trifluoroethylene made by spin coating have similar properties but a broader, less intense Curie peak at higher temperature than solvent-cast films.
Biocomposites based on poly(lactic acid) and hydrotalcite
The benefit of adding a filler may be outweighed by matrix degradation.
Polycarbonate nanocomposites for electromagnetic shielding
Appropriate toughening strategies yield polycarbonate/carbon nanotube composites with suitable conductivity and mechanical properties for the manufacture of electromagnetic-shielding device housings.
Transforming the resource base: new bioplastics
Poly(lactic acid) combined with nylon-11, a polymer from castor oil, creates a new family of 100 renewable plastic materials.
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