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Predicting the extent of resin infiltration in pin-assisted pultrusion
A simple explicit model is proposed, based on analysis of computational results that show the extent of resin infiltration in a pin-assisted pultrusion process scales with a novel dimensionless group.
Predicting flow-induced stress during injection/compression molding
A new approach, which combines the eXtended Pom-Pom finite element model and an arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian technique, is used to simulate stress levels at different points in a molded part.
Using rice bran carbon to improve the physical properties of rubber composites
The mechanical, thermal, and swelling properties of composite samples produced via a latex compounding method are presented.
New method for the design of high-performance polypropylene
Beta-form polypropylene can be produced through the introduction of a branching molecular architecture and by conducting crystallization under shear and rapid cooling conditions.
Enhancing the dimensional stability and durability of wood polymer composites
Grafting polystyrene onto wood cell walls improves the interfacial compatibility between polymer and wood, and thus gives rise to better mechanical and hydrophobic properties.
Novel nanotube reinforcers for safer polyamide-6-based nanocomposites
Inclusion of both pristine and surface-activated halloysite nanotubes gives rise to good physical and mechanical properties of the resultant plastics.
Highly flame retardant green composites using seashells
Using ground seashell as a biofiller in an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene copolymer increases flame retardance.
High-strain-rate testing of reinforced polyetherether ketone
A variety of techniques are used to test and understand how fiber-filled thermoplastics behave when impacted or subjected to high rates of deformation.
Foamcore blow-molded structural components for transportation applications
A novel process combines traditional blow molding with an injection-molded low-density particle foam core for the fabrication of structural parts in the automotive and related industries.
Carbide slag as a filler in poly(vinyl chloride)/wood composites
Using an industrial waste as an inorganic filler in plastic/wood composites improves the fire and mechanical properties of the material, as well as reducing its financial and environmental cost.
Improving styrene-butadiene rubber with functionalized titanium dioxide
Oleic acid-functionalized titanium dioxide nanoparticles are used to produce a new styrene-butadiene rubber nanocomposite material with excellent mechanical properties, photostability and thermostability.
Reinforcing thermoplastic vulcanizates with ground tire rubber
Acid surface treatment produces an increase in surface area of 896% and increases the Young's modulus of composites by up to 207%.
Biodegradation properties of poly(butylene succinate) and chitosan nanocomposites
Soil burial tests, conducted under natural conditions, were used to investigate the biodegradability of bio-nanocomposites containing silica, silicate, and graphene reinforcements.
Predicting viscosity and relaxation modulus of polymers
The novel Ã¢â‚¬Ëœviscosity-cureÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ shift factor is used to model the rheological and stress relaxation behavior of epoxy resin during the curing process.
Investigating the properties of self-reinforced polymer composites
Peel strength tests, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry are used to investigate the properties of two commercial self-reinforced polymer composites.
Polyacrylamide-montmorillonite composite with improved properties
The high water absorption rates and poor long-term stability in high salinity of polymer-montmorillonite composites are ameliorated by introducing a polymerizable cationic hydrophobic monomer.
Preparation of flexible, transparent, and electrically conductive composite films
A solution-based in situ polymerization technique is used to disperse graphene oxide nanosheets within a host polymer matrix for a biologically inspired device.
Novel solid-lubricant materials for multifunctional applications
The addition of thermodynamically stable nanolaminates to thermosets and thermoplastics improves the performance of polymer matrix composites.
Forming of composite spars that include carbon nanotube interlayers
An experimental study illustrates how the manufacture of composite parts is affected by the introduction of multiwall carbon nanotubes between pre-impregnated layers.
Simple method for fabrication of highly conductive natural rubber nanocomposites
In a novel approach, graphene oxide/natural rubber nanocomposites are immersed in hydroiodic acid for in situ reduction of graphene oxide to graphene.
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