The SPE Library contains thousands of papers, presentations, journal briefs and recorded webinars from the best minds in the Plastics Industry. Spanning almost two decades, this collection of published research and development work in polymer science and plastics technology is a wealth of knowledge and information for anyone involved in plastics.
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Technical article briefs
Nanocomposite crystallization during injection molding
A novel optical system inserted into a cavity mold can accurately monitor crystallization kinetics of nanopolymers with high repeatability.
Stressed by lasers
Residual stresses during quasi-simultaneous laser-transmission welding of thermoplastics are minimized at relatively high laser powers, low joining pressures, and high scanning rates.
Surface infusion of gold nanoparticles into processed thermoplastics
A new nanoinfusion technique produces stable dispersions of metallic particles in melt-processed plastic articles.
Nanocomposite thermomechanical and barrier-property enhancements
UV curing enables fabrication of nanostructured epoxy/clay coatings that exhibit improved packaging properties.
Microcellular processing of biobased, biodegradable polymer blends
Using microcellular injection molding to prepare renewable polymer composites could lead to components with lower cost, improved material properties, and an extended range of applications.
Integrated strategy for multifunctional hybrid nanocomposites
Ultrasonochemistry and evaporation-induced self-assembly can achieve fabrication of uniformly distributed, high-concentration multiform nanostructures.
Turkish huntite/hydromagnesite mineral as a flame retardant in plastics
Increasing the mineral content of a polymer composite and decreasing the particle size of the additive improves protection against fire.
Effect of peroxides on properties of thermoplastic vulcanizates
A peroxide curing agent that provides a high degree of crosslinking results in a material with low wear.
Characterization of poly(deamino-tyr-tyr carbonate hexyl ester)
A class of poly(amino acids) often used in medical and pharmaceutical applications forms potentially useful extended associations above a critical concentration.
Scalable route to well-dispersed polyolefin/carbon nanotube composites
The initial step in blending polypropylene with unmodified and surface-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes has a significant effect on final dispersion and thermal properties.
Effect of metal cations on the dielectric properties of polyaniline
Doped polyaniline composites exhibit dielectric behavior that depends on the temperature as well as the doping levels of Cu!sup!2+!/sup! and Zn!sup!2+!/sup!.
Using low-cost waste for polyhydroxybutyrate bioplastics
Biopolymer-based composites reinforced with a byproduct of coconut-fiber processing were made successfully using compression molding.
Modifying asphalt with varying levels of polyethylene additives
Polyethylene added to asphalt in different amounts alters the rutting properties of the blend at higher temperatures and frequency loading, but generally does not significantly improve elastic resilience.
Synthesis and application of a novel intumescent flame retardant
A single-component additive in polypropylene not only enhances flame retardancy, but also creates a char that helps to prevent dripping.
Blending sequence effects on rheological properties of ternary composites
The differing compatibilities of organoclay, thermotropic liquid crystalline polymer, and polyethylene produce a range of structural and flow behaviors in their blended forms.
Interaction of normal and shear stresses in an epoxy polymer
Superimposed cyclic tension or shear stress increases time-dependent deformation, while constant stress accelerates accumulation of ratcheting strain in cyclic tension or shear loading.
Operating window for peeling polyimide film
Modified models for predicting steady peeling of polymer thin film and the onset of peeling defects help set the boundaries of a stable operating domain.
New leather- and rubber-waste composites for use in footwear
A sustainable solution for hazardous waste from roughing and carding processes generates nontoxic rubber composites for use in shoe soles.
Compatibilized blends of polypropylene and a poly(amino ether)
Adding an ionomer to polymer blends containing a poly(amino ether) resin leads to improved structure and enhanced elongation at break and impact strength.
Effects of film and substrate thickness on film-insert molding
The surface quality of injection-molded parts can be improved significantly (and warpage reduced) by a proper choice of material dimensions.
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