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Technical article briefs
De-inking paper sludge as a potential reinforcement for recycled plastics
The addition of de-inking paper sludge into recycled high-density polyethylene composites improves their tensile strength and stiffness, but is detrimental to their ductility and toughness.
Low-velocity impact response of nanotube-reinforced composite cylindrical shells
A two-step perturbation method is used to study the nonlinear behavior of functionally graded carbon-nanotube-reinforced composite cylindrical shells with different filler distributions.
Improved electrical and optical properties of a poly(methyl methacrylate) nanocomposite
An in situ polymerization technique is used to reinforce the polymer matrix with ÃŽÂ³-methacryloyloxy propyl trimethoxy silane-treated titanium dioxide nanoparticles.
Fabrication of self-reinforced cellulose composites
Cellulose fibers from agricultural waste are used to prepare composites with improved mechanical properties.
Biocompatible reinforcement of poly(lactic acid) with graphene nanoplatelets
Improved mechanical properties of composites produced by melt blending is achieved at low filler loadings.
Frictional heating of extruded polymer melts
Rheo-particle image velocimetry and thermal imaging results show that frictional and viscous heating act synergistically to produce significant temperature increases when a melt is extruded under slip conditions.
Braided composite rebar as an alternative to steel
Combining braiding and pultrusion into a single manufacturing process enables the production of hybrid-composite rebar with adaptable geometric and mechanical properties.
Enhancing the mechanical characteristics of thermoplastic vulcanizates
Novel processing methods are tested to improve the tensile properties of ethylene propylene diene monomer/polypropylene composites.
Improved surface hydrophilicity of polyvinylidene fluoride ultrafiltration membranes
A novel modification approach involves blending with polyvinyl alcohol and carboxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes.
Biodegradable biocomposites with antimicrobial properties for food packaging
A novel ternary composite comprising a biopolymer, natural fibers, and an essential oil extract is a promising active material for extending the shelf-life of food products.
High-molecular-weight polyvinylidene difluoride binder for high-capacity cathodes
Slurries prepared with optimized binders exhibit good rheological characteristics and are a cost-effective option for lithium-ion battery applications.
Investigating resonance in carbon-nanotube-reinforced composites
The waviness of single-walled carbon nanotubes has a significant effect on the vibrational characteristics of functionally graded axisymmetric cylinders.
Highly effective flame-retardant system for unsaturated polyester resin
In a novel approach, ammonium polyphosphate and aluminum hypophosphite are incorporated into unsaturated polyester composites to enhance their flame retardancy.
Effect of viscosity and processing parameters on the electrical conductivity of blends
An investigation into polypropylene/polystyrene blends shows thermodynamic factors to be more influential than kinetic ones in selectively localizing carbon nanotubes.
Improving the performance of proton exchange membrane fuel cells
Incorporation of an ionic liquid into sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) polymer membranes increases their thermal stability and power density.
Numerical simulation and experimental validation of the dip-coating process
A comprehensive investigation involved the direct measurement of the thickness, free surface, and flow field of non-Newtonian fluids and polyacrylic acid solutions.
Shear viscosity of fast-reacting aqueous polymer solutions
A power-law function is used in a simple empirical approach to describe the shear viscosity of acrylic acid in water during polymerization.
Multiwalled carbon nanotubes for microwave heating of polymers
Efficient heating is achieved by optimizing the dispersion of microwave susceptor additives within a polypropylene matrix.
Microwave absorption of carbon nanotube/photopolymer composites
A novel additive manufacturing approach can be used to fabricate samples in any shape and is a promising methodology for the design of microwave-absorbing material structures.
Correlation between filler concentration and viscosity power-law for polymer slurries
A new predictive relationship that is based on percolation theory concepts has been verified with tubular flow experiments.
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