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Explaining electrical resistivity effects in electro-conductive polymer composites
Eun-Soo Park, October 2015
Morphological analysis of saponified carbon-black-filled semi-crystalline polymers provides a new theory for positive and negative temperature coefficient phenomena.
Keratin-containing nanofibers for cell growth and tissue scaffolds
Duygu Yuksel Deniz , Memet Vezir Kahraman, October 2015
A polymer solution that includes human hair is used in a UV-electrospinning technique to fabricate non-toxic fibers with diameters of less 350nm.
Low-cost, high-performance thermally conductive plastics
Allison Howard , Anand Murugaiah, Bei Xiang, Chandra Raman, October 2015
Surface treatments and boron nitride-based mixed filler formulations are used to address property and cost challenges.
Investigating two electrospinning mass transfer mechanisms
Siavash Sarabi-Mianeji, Jennifer Scott, Danny J. Y. S. Page, October 2015
Whipping and splitting—favored by separate processing conditions—result in different fiber diameters and diameter distributions, and can be identified by the measured current during processing.
Core-material penetration in multi-cavity co-injection molding
Jackie Yang, Chao-Tsai Huang, October 2015
A high core-material ratio and slow injection speed allow for good penetration, but leading behavior during the runner-filling stage can result in unsatisfactory material distribution in the molded parts.
Importance of sample dimensions in dynamic mechanical analysis
Giuseppe R. Palmese, John J. La Scala, Joseph L. Lenhart, Ian M. McAninch, October 2015
Both the size of samples and the type of clamp geometry should be considered during testing of epoxy resins to ensure accurate modulus measurements are obtained.
Improving the mechanical and thermal properties of copolyimide fibers
Mengying Zhang, Hongqing Niu, Dezhen Wu, October 2015
The incorporation of benzimidazole and ether moieties causes microvoids to decrease in size and enhanced hydrogen bond interactions within the fibers.
The skin-core structure of injection-molded parts
Sudheer Bandla , Jay Hanan, November 2015
A highly oriented skin layer caused by flow-induced stresses from injection molding was visualized and quantified by x-ray nanotomography.
A novel foaming method for fabricating microcellular injection-molded parts
Jun Peng, Lih-Sheng Turng, November 2015
Water vapor represents a new kind of physical blowing agent for the fabrication of foamed-polycarbonate parts with a smooth surface finish.
Improving electron transport and mechanical properties of polyaniline-based composites
Chitragara Basavaraja, Do Sung Huh, November 2015
Doping polyaniline with well-dispersed poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) increases the composite conductivity due to the increased mobility of charge carriers.
Effects of silanes on tribological properties of rubber composites
Yinhang Zhang, Fei Deng, Xin Ge , Ur Ryong Cho, November 2015
The friction coefficient and wear loss of clay/rubber composites containing three different silanes were experimentally determined.
Predicting thermal degradation mechanisms in polymer composites
Abdel-Karim Maaroufi , Muhammad Azeem Arshad, November 2015
Kinetic modeling and structural analyses are used to determine degradation pathways in metal-filled epoxy materials.
Increased thermal conductivity of polymer composites
Wenxia Wang, Lifei Chen, Mingzhu Wang, Wei Yu , Yu Qi, Huaqing Xie, November 2015
A synergistic effect in polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene alloys arises from the inclusion of alumina, magnesia, and graphene nanoplatelet fillers.
Foam injection molding with nitrogen and carbon dioxide as co-blowing agents
Lih-Sheng Turng , Xiaofei Sun, Hrishikesh Kharbas, November 2015
A novel process combines gas-laden pellets and microcellular injection molding to produce thermoplastic polyurethane foams with low density, uniform cell structure, and high durability.
New solvent for gel spinning of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene fibers
Tom P. Wyatt, Xudong Fang , Donggang Yao, November 2015
The feasibility of using polybutene to improve production efficiency and maintain mechanical properties is demonstrated.
Color stability of stained wood-flour/polypropylene composites during weathering
Xi Guo, Cao Jinzhen, Yao Peng , Wen Wang, December 2015
The addition of pigments represents the most effective staining method for improving the color stability of wood-plastic composites for outdoor applications.
Quantitative microscale assessment of polymer flammability
Hsinjin E. Yang, December 2015
The general principle of the micro-combustion calorimeter test is described and experimental results for a polycarbonate sample are presented.
Damping properties and mechanisms of magnetorheological gel
Song Qi, Jie Fu, Miao Yu, Pingan Yang , Mi Zhu, December 2015
Increasing carbonyl iron powder filler content affects polyurethane matrix reactions and causes the loss factor of the composites to decrease.
Angle analysis for the evaluation of in-plane anisotropic properties
Claudio Di Fratta, December 2015
A new approach, based on angle measurements in simple unidirectional tests, reduces the time, samples, and costs required for determination of material parameters such as textile permeability.
Phosphorus compounds improve flame retardancy of unsaturated polyesters
Mukesh Kathalewar, Kunal Wazarkar, Anagha Sabnis, December 2015
Two novel phosphorus-containing reactive flame retardants were synthesized and incorporated into unsaturated polyester to enhance its thermal stability and flame retardancy.

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