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Technical Article Briefs
A new approach to reinforcing Nylon 6 nanocomposites
The stiffness and other mechanical properties of Nylon 6 nanocomposites can be improved with nanocrystalline cellulose by melt blending and processing.
Predicting the electrical properties of conductive composites
A numerical method that takes into account the size variability of particles enables better prediction of the electrical conductivity of insulating composites filled with conductive particles.
Linear low-density polyethylene and ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer multilayer films
A simple additive rule predicts the viscoelasticity of multilayer films from the properties of pure component films obtained under the same processing conditions.
Innovative approach to the design of profile extrusion dies
Investigation of an extrusion die designed for the production of wood-plastic-composite decking profiles shows that numerical tools help to optimize flow balance.
Deformation-induced change to the mechanical properties of polyethylene
A short-term test method to evaluate the performance of polyethylene pipes enables the effect of prior deformation on the tangent modulus to be measured and may prove useful for in-service monitoring.2
Improved puncture resistance testing of flexible food packages
A high-speed impact test for measuring puncture resistance of multilayer films was developed that shows good correlation with field failures and helps optimize performance for food packaging.
The structural and acoustic properties of polyolefin foam/film multilayer materials
A microscale multilayered structure of alternating foam and film layers, prepared using microlayer co-extrusion technology, results in a well-ordered multilayered structure, leading to enhanced sound absorption.
Tunable drug delivery from a smart rubber composite
A strong, elastic synthetic biomaterial that mimics soft tissues remembers shapes and provides controlled release of a model drug.
Evaluating pigment dispersion for better color in plastics
Scanning electron micrography and image analysis assess coloration mixing quality during polymer resin extrusion.
Solution-cast graphite nanoplatelet/poly(lactic acid) nanocomposite films
The microstructure and mechanical properties of solution-cast composite films can be significantly improved by compression molding.
The effects of miniaturization and processing on microinjection moldings
Product miniaturization and high shear/cooling rates during microinjection molding increase the volume of the highly oriented skin layer, thereby modifying the mechanical properties of the fabricated product.
Hollow-core photonic crystal fibers for high-power, ultrafast lasers
Combining Kagome lattice hollow-core photonic crystal fibers with ultrafast lasers enables transmission and pulse compression with high energy and high average power.
Creating internal geometries in injection-molded parts
A sacrificial injection-molding process fabricates components with complex internal geometries.
Fabricating highly crystalline polyester articles
An adapted industrial metallurgical method produces highly crystalline polyester articles from powder, without melting fully.
Foam injection molding enhances the electrical conductivity of nanocomposites
Adding foam to polypropylene/carbon nanotube composites increases electrical conductivity by more than six orders of magnitude while decreasing density.
The effect of organoclay concentration on polyurethane nanocomposites
Incorporating nanosized clay fillers into a polyurethane matrix improves the processability of the resultant composites at ambient temperatures.
Enhancing compatibility of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and starch
Grafting poly(vinyl acetate) from starch improves film formability, thermal stability, and toughness in biodegradable poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)/starch blends.
Rapid and accurate image analysis procedure for fiber length measurements
The effects of two different 40mm screws on fiber breakage during plastication are compared.
Natural-fiber reinforced plastics for high-temperature uses
Jute-filled polypropylene composites with a heat deflection temperature above150°C and improved mechanical and flow properties were developed on a high-performance co-rotating twin-screw compounder.
Electromagnetic shielding with conductive polymer composite materials
Conductive polymer fillers can be used in shielding structures for electronic devices, but have associated challenges related to processing techniques.
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