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High-shear-rate capillary rheology of polymer melts
Investigation into the high-shear-rate rheology of polystyrene, polypropylene, and linear low-density polyethylene melts yields their true viscosities and sheds light on their rheological behavior.
Upcycling leather waste
Incorporating contaminated leather waste into natural rubber improves the rubber's mechanical properties and avoids improper disposal of toxins.
High-voltage insulation with enhanced delamination resistance
Flexible laminates based on silicone rubber promote high delamination resistance in stator bar insulation, offering a promising approach for the manufacture of high-voltage generators with extended lifetimes.
Controlled branching in propylene polymerization
A validated mechanistic kinetic model for a long-chain branched polypropylene system is proposed and optimized for controlled branching for the first time.
Simple, efficient preparation of high-performance natural rubber composites
In situ functionalization of carbon nanotubes gives composites with a very low electrical percolation threshold and excellent properties.
Microstructure and rheology of high-melt-strength poly-(propylene) impact copolymer
Separating a linear and a long chain branched impact polypropylene copolymer (ICP) into their subcomponent phases reveals the long chain branching and microgel content of each phase.
Choice of extrusion screw for recycling glass-fiber-reinforced liquid crystal polymer
A smaller extrusion screw produces a recycled product with adequate mechanical and thermal properties for reuse in electronic and electrical applications.
Immobilizing polymer chains in chlorobutyl rubber nanocomposites
The varying organic modification, lattice spacing, and concentration of added nanoclays have a profound effect on the constrained polymer volume in chlorobutyl rubber nanocomposites.
Modifying poly(ethylene terephthalate) for low-density foams
Reactive extrusion with pyromellitic dianhydride and controlled foaming of the melt with supercritical carbion dioxide produce high-melt-strength poly(ethylene terephthalate) foam.
Green composites based on poly(butylene) succinate
Reinforcing poly(butylene succinate) with hemp fibers and shives enhances the biodegradation rate.
Electrically conductive nanocomposite
Adding graphene nanosheets to polymer blend polyamide 6/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene blends leads to electrically conductive nanocomposite materials at smaller threshold percolation.
Injection-molded parts using polypropylene/carbon nanotube composites
A novel melt compounding masterbatch technique yields polymer nanocomposites with an electrically conductive network.
Feather-inspired strong, light layered composites
Layered carbon-fiber-reinforced composites with a fractal-structured interlayer of carbon-nanotube-reinforced nanofibers show a high strength/weight ratio.
Autoclaved aerated concrete waste composites as a filler for natural rubber
Filling natural rubber with autoclaved aerated concrete waste enhances the processability and tensile and thermal properties of the composites.
Crack-fiber interaction in fiber-reinforced composites
The matrix crack-fiber bundle interaction in fiber-reinforced composites is investigated analytically and experimentally.
3D printing biocomposites
Poor interfacial binding reduces the mechanical properties of 3D printed tensile bars prepared from filaments of blends of biomaterials with polylactic acid.
Biodegradable porous structures derived from multiphase polymer blends
Reinforcing multiphase porous biopolymer composites with clay platelets increases their mechanical strength, making them a promising candidate for future tissue engineering applications.
Real-time measurement of local permeability during resin transfer molding
Effective real-time measurement of local preform permeability during resin transfer molding manufacturing is critically important for both product quality control and numerical process simulation.
Modeling multilayer film co-extrusion
Die plug analysis and chloroform washing validate a computational fluid dynamics model of polyester co-extrusion.
Fatigue loading enhances the strength of nylon nanofiber yarns
The application of tensile fatigue to nylon-66 nanofiber yarns improves the nanofiber alignment and crystallinity of their structure, thereby increasing tensile strength.
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