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Polylactic acid biocomposite filaments with improved mechanical properties
Fully biodegradable polylactic acid/microcrystalline cellulose composites, with surface-modified reinforcing cellulose, are suitable for 3D printing applications.
Using elongational flow to enhance the properties of polypropylene nanocomposites
Different nozzle geometries were investigated to find the optimum injection molding strategy for the production of polymer nanoclay composites.
Thermal treatment influences the fatigue response of basalt-fiber-reinforced polymer
Exposure to elevated temperatures causes the degradation of the resin matrix and a reduction of bonding strength in composite samples, and thus accelerates the propagation of fatigue damage.
High-performance polylactide biocomposites reinforced with cellulose nanofibers
Rheological, optical, mechanical, and thermomechanical investigation of the properties of cellulose-nanofiber-reinforced polylactide demonstrates the solution method for achieving good fiber dispersion.
Sepiolite fibers improve the mechanical and shape-memory properties of polyurethane
Sepiolite fibers are incorporated in a simple and practical method to achieve increased tensile strength characteristics and shape fixity ratios of polyurethane composites.
Microinjection molding of polymer/multi-walled carbon nanotube nanocomposites
The filler distribution within micromoldings may be significantly affected by molding conditions, mold geometry, and the selection of polymer matrices.
Dipropylene glycol dibenzoate for improved poly(lactic acid) plasticization
The influence of different plasticizer materials on the mechanical properties and storage stability of poly(lactic acid) films is studied.
Microcellular injection-molded blends of polylactic acid and poly(e-caprolactone)
Enhancing the complex viscosity of polylactic acid/poly(e-caprolactone) blends leads to better foaming behavior and pore microstructure.
Interfacial nanoreinforcement improves bamboo fiber/polymer composites
A fully biobased composite material, composed of bamboo fibers and a nanoparticle-reinforced bio-epoxy matrix, exhibits improved mechanical properties.
Reinforcing thermoplastic starch composites with cellulose nanofibers
Cellulose from sugarcane bagasse can be used to improve the mechanical and barrier properties of bionanocomposites.
Novel microcellular foam injection-molding technology
A simplified process for the production of microcellular foams demonstrates that pressurization of nitrogen or carbon dioxide to a supercritical state is unnecessary.
Recycling paper waste sludge in water-blown rigid polyurethane foams
Thermal conductivity and mechanical strength measurements indicate that paper waste sludge particles can be used effectively as fillers in eco-polyol-based foams.
Alleviating mold adhesion during thermoplastic polyurethane injection molding
Different surface treatment coatings for the core and cavity, which have distinctive morphologies, can be used to effectively reduce adhesion.
Direct deposition of copper nanoparticles on poly(glycidyl methacrylate) beads
A simple method is used to fabricate nanohybrids that serve as effective catalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol.
Effect of molding conditions on properties of injection-molded polylactic acid parts
A post-molding stage, in which samples are kept at 105°C, is used to produce semi-crystalline samples in much shorter times than through standard injection into a hot mold.
Investigating radiation effects in polymethacrylimide sandwich structure composites
Upon radiation exposure, polymer fragmentation causes a sharp degradation in the mechanical and thermal properties of Rohacell foams.
Polymeric composite coatings enhance the wear resistance of mechanical components
A polytetrafluoroethylene matrix, with inherently low friction, is reinforced with carbon nanotubes and fabricated as a surface coating.
High-solid-loading ionic-liquid pretreatment of lignocellulosic particles for biocomposites
A novel and environmentally friendly pretreatment approach is used for the production of cellulose-rich fibers as reinforcements for thermoplastic-starch-based bioplastics.
Influence of injection rate on injection-molded ß-nucleated isotactic polypropylene
Wide-angle x-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry measurements, as well as simulations, were used to investigate the crystallization properties of layered parts.
Improving tissue engineering scaffolds with non-mulberry silk fibroin
Composite nanofibers of polycaprolactone and Antheraea pernyi silk fibroin exhibit good mechanical properties and promote cell attachment, spreading, and proliferation.
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