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Polymer blends with improved mechanical properties
Trevor Woods, Ramesh Babu, February 2011

Hydrolytic degradation and elongation properties of polylactic acid can be enhanced by blending with polyhydroxybutyrate.

Off- and in-line analysis of phase morphology and evolution
Lin Zhu, Xinhua Xu, February 2011

The formation and evolution of phase structures of polymer blends during molten mixing and different heat-treatment processes is adequately described by fractal behavior.

Interpenetrating polymer network of blocked polyurethane and phenolic resin
Chin-Hsing Chen, January 2011

Simultaneous polymerization enables synthesis of interpenetrating polymer networks.

Free-volume and mechanical properties of polymer composites
Chikkakuntappa Ranganathaiah, January 2011

The average free-volume size, determined by positron-annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, is anticorrelated with the mechanical properties of polymer composites containing particulate fillers.

Forming hexagonal isopropylene crystals in a compatible blend
Robert Li, January 2011

High crystallization temperatures and a slow cooling rate are optimal conditions for ß-type content in polypropylene/polyamide-6 blends.

Nascent morphology of polyolefin particles from gas-phase polymerization
Timothy F. L. McKenna, Jose Carlos Pinto, Enrique Luis Lima, Fabricio Machado, January 2011

Gas-phase polymerization of olefins at early times favors development of abrupt particle breakup, resulting in particle cracking even at very low polymer yields.

Improved mechanical and tribological properties of Boehmite-filled polymers
Tea Datashvili, Witold Brostow, Haley Hagg Lobland , Piotr Blaszczak, January 2011

Surface modification of ceramic oxide filler reduces polymer melt viscosity and friction while enhancing tensile modulus.

Influence of molecular weight on the properties of poly(ether ether ketone)
Richard J. Hoffman, Jeffrey A. Galloway, Mingjun Yuan , Sanjiv Bhatt, January 2011

Variations in molecular weight of poly(ether ether ketone) significantly alter its processing behavior, product properties, and performance.

Mechanical characterization of carbon-fiber/epoxy composites modified using novolac resin
Hongwei He , Kaixi Li, January 2011

Samples containing 13% by weight of the resin exhibit significantly enhanced mechanical properties compared to those without.

Composition of ethylene/ propylene co-polymer using IR
Inmaculada Suarez, Baudilio Coto , M. Joaquina Caballero, January 2011

Gel-permeation chromatography linked to an IR detector can be used to reliably determine co-polymer compositions as an alternative to carbon nuclear-magnetic resonance.

The influence of atmospheric pollutants on plasticized poly(vinyl chloride)
Naima Belhaneche-Bensemra, December 2010

Exposure of plasticized polymers to natural ageing exhibits hardness and tensile-strength degradation, particularly in the presence of both nitrogen dioxide and ozone.

Nacre-like organic-inorganic composites with remarkably improved mechanical properties
Wentang Liu, Jinping Suo, Juan Li , Xiaoyan Liu, December 2010

Laminated organic-inorganic composites represent a valuable bioroute to designing materials with excellent mechanical properties.

Effects of pressure and gases on viscosity of molten plastics
John Dealy , Hee Eon Park, December 2010

A high-pressure sliding-plate rheometer provides an attractive alternative to conventional instruments for measuring the impact of pressure and dissolved gases on polymer behavior.

Processing-property relationships in epoxy-resin/ titania nanocomposites
Karren Leslie More, Isidor Sauers, Enis Tuncer, Georgios Polizos, December 2010

In situ precipitated titanium dioxide nanoparticles improve the physical properties of polymer composites.

Recycled polyvinyl chloride as a sustainable solution
Hong Chang , Nidal Abu-Zahra, December 2010

An improved extrusion technique for polyvinyl chloride regrind could be useful to manufacturers, builders, and architects.

What to know when purchasing an extrusion screw
James Frankland, December 2010

Finding the right extrusion screw is critical in avoiding molding faults and, accordingly, it merits careful preparation.

Rheological structure of silver nitrate micro-emulsions
Edna C. de la Cruz, Jose C. Ortiz, Hened Saade, Raul G. Lopez, December 2010

Bicontinuous aqueous micro-emulsions exhibiting Newtonian behavior and low viscosity are suitable for silver-nanoparticle synthesis.

Visualizing expansion behavior of butane-blown foam
Chul B. Park, Patrick C. Lee , Jin Wang, December 2010

A CCD camera can be used to study the extrusion-die exit of n-butane-blown polymethyl methacrylate foams.

Supercritical carbon dioxide dissolves in potato starch and its derivatives
Henky Muljana, Francesco Picchioni, Erik Heeres , Leon Janssen, December 2010

The solubility of supercritical carbon dioxide in potato starch is in the characteristic range of typical synthetic polymers.

Production of highly transparent polypropylene sheets
Toshitaka Kanai, Akira Funaki, December 2010

A combination of quick quenching and suitable heat treatment can improve the transparency of polypropylene extrusion sheets.

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