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Technical article briefs
Nanostructured acrylic triblock copolymers as toughening agents for epoxy
In thermosetting epoxy the presence of self-assembled triblock copolymer nanostructures contributed to a more than threefold increase in fracture energy for a modifier loading of 5% by weight.
Foam injection molding using nitrogen and carbon dioxide as co-blowing agents
A novel microcellular injection molding approach using nitrogen and carbon dioxide significantly improves the morphology and mechanical properties of melts.
Lateritic ore improves epoxy composite performance
Adding lateritic ore fillers to an epoxy resin matrix achieves better thermal stability and mechanical properties while lowering production costs.
Rheology of polyamide 6 composites reinforced with microcrystalline cellulose
Reinforcing a polyamide 6 matrix resulted in higher complex viscosities, storage modulus, and shear viscosities.
Totally bioresorbable stents with improved properties for cardiovascular disease
Semi-crystalline terpolymers prepared from L-lactide, trimethylene carbonate, and glycolide are promising materials for cardiovascular stents.
Investigation of polyamide 6,6 composites reinforced with sized carbon fibers
Superior composite materials with better tensile fracture resistance and can be produced by choosing the correct sizing agent.
Cellulose nanocrystals from garlic stalks as reinforcing filler for bioplastics
Starch-based biocomposite films incorporating spherical cellulose nanocrystals from garlic stalks offer a novel application of an underused natural fiber.
Influence of graphene oxide on the thermal properties of phenolic resin
Addition of graphene oxide enhances the elasticity, stiffness, and tensile strength of phenolic resin, and improves its heat stability by nearly 30°C.
Effect of compatibilization on polyethylene/thermoplastic starch blends
Reactive mixing of low-density polyethylene and thermoplastic starch increases the viscosity of the resulting material owing to formation of a network of dispersed phase droplets.
Highly processable poly(vinyl chloride) by internal plasticization
Triblock copolymers of poly(vinyl chloride) and poly(n-butyl acrylate) have better processing properties than poly(vinyl chloride) without the health problems associated with phthalate plasticizers.
Mixed-matrix membranes for desalination of water
Polyether sulfone membranes doped with iron oxide nanoparticles maintain salt rejection efficiency at high fluid flux.
Tough, biodegradable poly(L-lactic acid) polymer blends
Blending poly(L-lactic acid) and polyhydroxybutyrate, with tributyl citrate as the plasticizer, increases molecular mobility and the rate of crystallization.
Rheological characterization of wollastonite and glass fiber-reinforced polymers
A comparison of the shear and extensional properties of glass and wollastonite fibers in composite materials shows that they increase the fluid elasticity, relaxation time, and storage modulus of composites.
Strong nitrile butadiene rubber nanocomposites
Novel nanocomposites filled with organo-montmorillonites by direct co-coagulation offer improved mechanical properties compared to pure butadiene rubber with tensile strength about five times higher.
Flexural and erosive properties of aviation composites
Increasing the amount of titanium dioxide particle filler in a polyphenylene sulfide composite improves stiffness but reduces erosion resistance, and beyond 10% filler concentrations impairs flexural strength.
Innovative fabrication of polymer/graphite conductive composites for heat dissipation
Low-temperature expandable graphite can effectively improve the conductive properties of polymer-based composites.
Wheat-gluten biocomposite films reinforced with rice husk
Adding a chitosan-polyethylene glycol plasticizer and a rice-husk filler to wheat-gluten films improves tensile strength and modulus, hardness, and water resistance.
Modeling mixed-mode I-II delamination
A new model of crack propagation based on resistance to cross-section rotations from cohesive distributed moments successfully models failure of a moment-loaded cantilever beam.
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.
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.
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