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Technical Article Briefs
Strengthening wood-polymer composites cheaply
Solid-state extrusion produces self-reinforced wood-polymer composite rods with improved physical properties and highly fibrillated morphology.
Injection molding of self-hybrid composites
Combining different sizes of particles improves the mechanical properties of composite materials.
Annealing conditions for injection-molded poly(lactic acid)
Post-molding annealing increases the degree of crystallinity in injection-molded poly(lactic acid) components and improves their mechanical and heat resistance performance.
Modified magnesium hydroxide for polyethylene nanocomposites
Methods for modifying magnesium hydroxide with triethoxyvinylsilane improve the compatibility between the nanocomposite materials, but not the flame retardancy.
A novel biodegradable and conductive composite
Combining electroactive polyaniline and environmentally-friendly poly(1,4-butylene succinate) gives flexible electrical composites with biomedical and engineering applications.
Simple toughening of epoxy thermosets by preformed thermoplastics
Reinforcing with microspheres avoids the need for solvent removal and improves impact strength and fracture toughness without compromising tensile properties.
Novel semiconductive coaxial electrospun nanofibers
Core-shell nanofibers, electrospun from a blend of polymers and multiwalled carbon nanotubes, form semiconductive mats that are expected to be highly piezoelectric.
Natural oils improve interfacial adhesion between wood flour and matrix
The boiling temperature and chain length of natural oils used as coupling agents strongly affect the interfacial adhesion and, consequently, the thermal stability of recycled polypropylene wood flour composites.
Effect of organoclay content in solid-state polymerization of poly(ethylene terephthalate)
Solid-state polymerization increases the extent of molecular weight reduction of the PET matrix in PET-organoclay nanocomposites.
Characterization of glass fiber-reinforced high-density polyethylene
Glass fiber-reinforced high-density polyethylene composite increases in strength as the fiber orientation increases in anisotropy, which could lead to stronger composite materials.
Functionalized graphene oxide in flame-retardant polypropylene
Preparing functionalized graphene oxide with pentaerythritol induces hydrophobicity and, when added to polypropylene, improves flame retardancy.
Properties of mono- and multilayer PA6/clay and MXD6/clay films
Incorporating clay nanoparticles into MXD6 nylon reduces its permeability to oxygen while enhancing its yield stress and tensile modulus, making it potentially superior to existing materials for food packaging.
Surface-modified calcium fluoride in poly(ethylene terephthalate)
Calcium fluoride fine particles modified with tri-n-octyl phosphine oxide change the crystallization behavior of poly(ethylene terephthalate).
Balancing stiffness and toughness in polyamide 6
Tensile and other properties of nanocomposite blends of polyamide 6, high-density polyethylene, an elastomer, and an organoclay vary with composition.
Rubber-toughened nylon 6 nanocomposites
Maleated acrylonitrile styrene toughens polyamide 6 blends more than maleated ethylene-1-octene, but has less of an effect on the tensile strength and Young's modulus.
High-performance compostable polymer biocomposites
Blending modified polylactic acid with hemp or jute fibers using hot melt extrusion improves its mechanical properties and compostability.
Polymer nanocomposite properties enhanced with supercritical fluid treatment
Supercritical carbon dioxide used as a processing aid in the generation of single-screw melt-compounded nylon 6/organoclay nanocomposites yields composites with superior mechanical properties.
Improving the scratch-resistance of acrylic glass
Nanoindentation studies show that incorporating functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes into polymethylmethacrylate hardens it and improves its elastic modulus.
Antibiotic wound dressings
Incorporating ampicillin into electrospun polyurethane makes bandages that control common infections.
Enhanced cold crystallization of glassy poly(L-lactic acid)
Glassy PLA samples prepared by rapid compression possess lower onset crystallization temperature, higher crystallization rate, and larger final crystallinity than samples prepared by other methods.
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