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Wear mechanisms in palmyra-fruit-fiber-reinforced polymer composites
The effect of several different fiber-surface chemical treatments is investigated for palmyra fruit fiber/polyester samples.
Polymer nanocomposite tribology improved with nanoclay reinforcements
The specific wear rate and coefficient of friction of ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene samples are substantially reduced with the use of three different types of nanoclay filler.
Effects of temperature on the relaxation behavior of poly(lactic acid)
A series of tensile loading-unloading and relaxation tests, under stretching and retraction cyclic deformation conditions, were conducted between room temperature and 50°C.
Dynamic and static crosslinking of polyvinyl butyral with a silane agent
Chemical modification of polyvinyl butyral, with vinyltrimethoxysilane, increases its resistance to organic solvents through dynamic and static crosslinking.
Light diffusion properties of polycarbonate composites
A two-step melt-blending process and silicate microsphere/nanotitania hybrid fillers provide optimum optical and mechanical properties.
Fabrication of polymer nanofiber arrays using thermal nanoimprint lithography
Controlling the molten polymer flow in anodic aluminum oxide templated thermal nanoimprinting produces polymer nanofiber arrays with reproducible well-defined fiber lengths and aspect ratios.
Increasing the efficiency of plate to plate hot embossing
A new method for plate to plate hot embossing has been developed, greatly decreasing the cycle time required for the process.
Using physical and simulated data to improve injection molding performance
A novel, calibrated-predictor-based optimization methodology is used to identify the best compromises between competing processing conditions.
Magnetite nanoparticle polymer composites for prolonged and controlled drug release
Hydrogel samples that contain drug-loaded magnetite particles exhibit good release characteristics in both the presence and absence of a magnetic field.
Influence of graphene oxide inpolytriazoleimide nanocomposites
Polytriazoleimide composites containing at least 1wt graphene oxide nanoparticles exhibit substantially improved thermal, mechanical, flame retardancy, dielectric, and water-absorption properties.
Novel nanocarbon/polyurethane composites for corrosion resistant coatings
A versatile synthesis method is used to realize high-performance nitrogen-core hyperbranched polymer-carbon nanohorn hybrid materials.
Starve-fed single-screw extrusion of polymer blends
In contrast to flood-fed extrusion, two distinct stages of melting are observed during starve-fed extrusion and a novel melting mechanism is thus proposed.
Influence of process parameters on fiber orientation in reinforced thermoplastics
Simulations and experiments are conducted to determine how the fiber orientation of composite parts changes during a hot-press manufacturing process.
Minimizing wrinkling of thermoformed polymer films
Biaxial stretching of laminates during thermoforming relieves stored compressive stresses and produces decorative parts with improved surface appearance.
Longitudinal ultrasonic-assisted microinjection molding process for improved mold filling
Theoretical calculations and simulations have been created to analyze the mechanism of melt flow and can be used to guide selection of process parameters.
Polytetrafluoroethylene as a suitable filler for poly(lactic acid) composites
The mechanical, rheological, and foaming properties of melt-blended samples were investigated.
Characterizing the bulk viscosity of polypropylene melt
Uniaxial compression experiments show that the bulk viscosity has a higher magnitude than shear viscosity and should therefore not be neglected during flow analysis of the injection-molding process.
Liquid-crystal-functionalized carbon nanotubes improve nanocomposite properties
The addition of carbon nanotubes, functionalized with 4Ã¢â‚¬Â²-allyloxy-biphenyl-4-ol, to silicone resin improves the mechanical and thermal properties of the resultant nanocomposites.
Depolymerization of terephthalic acid using hot compressed water
Investigations into the phase behavior, stability, and the mechanism for stability of terephthalic acid in hot compressed water may enable more effective recycling of polybutylene terephthalate.
Novel preparation technique for polycarbonate/titanium dioxide nanocomposites
The mechanical and thermal stability characteristics of bisphenol-A polycarbonate/electrospun titanium dioxide nanofiber samples, produced via molten-state mixing, are presented.
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