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Technical article briefs
Mechanical and crystal enhancements to polylactide with silver-nanoparticle filler
Processing poly(lactic acid) with low concentrations of silver using a twin-screw extruder leads to nanocomposites with enhanced crystallinity and improved mechanical properties.
Crystalline polycarbonate articles fabricated by hot powder compaction
The feasibility of a novel method is demonstrated by producing crystalline polycarbonate with a defined shape from polycarbonate for the first time.
Forming process for carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic sheets
A production process using a mechanical servo press shows promise for forming, trimming, and joining carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic sheets for the fabrication of automobile parts.
Enhancing the electrical conductivity of incompatible polymer blends
A novel two-step mixing process is investigated, in which carbon black fillers are added to a nitrile butadiene rubber/ethylene propylene diene monomer mixture in different sequences.
Fabrication of electrically conductive and antibacterial biocomposite materials
A direct electrospinning process was used to produce polylactic acid/silver nanowire fibers that exhibit a core-shell structure.
Simulating ultrasonic decrosslinking of crosslinked high-density polyethylene
Process modeling results are validated with experimental twin-screw extrusion measurements.
Accurate characterization of moisture absorption in polymeric materials
The importance of using the exact solution of the hindered diffusion model is demonstrated on experimental data from a nanoclay/epoxy composite.
An improved strength tensor-based failure criterion with stress interactions
A new failure criterion includes tensor stress interaction components that can be computed using minimal experimental data depicting the slope of the failure surface at distinct stress axes intersections.
Conductive polymer/silver- coated textile composites with antibacterial properties
A composite made up of a conductive polymer, poly(!italic!o!/italic!-anisidine), and metallic silver particles imparts antibacterial activity and electrical conductivity when deposited on a nonwoven textile fabric.
Effects of tempering on adhesion of liquid silicone rubber to thermoplastics
Tempering improves the mechanical properties of liquid silicone rubber, but also decreases its ability to adhere to engineering thermoplastics.
Relating mold adhesion problems to heat transfer properties
Interfacial temperature instantaneously approaches a certain level depending on thermal effusivities when two bodies are brought into contact, and this level is decisive for adhesion formation.
Bioplastics to eliminate environmental pollution from agricultural plastic waste
Biodegradable polymeric materials based on hydrolyzed proteins from leather waste can be used as biodegradable mulch spray-coatings in horticulture and as containers for seedlings.
Surface-initiated catalytic polymerization of hemp fibers
A novel surface treatment is experimentally tested as a way to improve the mechanical properties of polymer composites.
Polymer/magnetite nanocomposites with electrical and magnetic conductivity
A novel nanocomposite based on poly(anthranilic acid) with magnetite nanoparticlesÃ¢â‚¬â€synthesized by a one-step methodÃ¢â‚¬â€achieves enhanced crystallinity, magnetic properties, and AC and DC conductivity.
Novel high-performance all-aramid composites
Self-reinforced polymer composites are prepared by applying an elaborately designed surface-dissolution method to fuse and consolidate poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) fibers.
Novel ablative polymer-based composite for aerospace applications
A composite of ethylene-propylene-diene rubber and phenolic resin can be used to protect rocket and probe components at high temperatures.
Improving nanocomposite performance with graphene oxide and graphene nanosheets
A good dispersion of graphene nanoparticles and nanosheets in polyvinylidene fluoride, achieved by combining solution mixing and melt compounding, improves its mechanical and electrical properties.
Alkyd-clay nanocomposite coatings enhance anticorrosion and mechanical properties
Exfoliated organo-modified montmorillonite clays in alkyd resins improve the barrier and mechanical properties of polymeric coatings for metal substrates.
Functionalizing gum arabic for adhesive and food packaging applications
A new bio-based hydrophobic gum arabic-based copolymer is an excellent adhesive and improves the properties of polylactic acid for potential food packaging applications.
Dramatically increasing the thermal conductivity of silicone rubber composites
Incorporating small amounts of graphite nanosheets into highly filled spherical-alumina/silicone rubber hybrids strengthens the filler-filler networks.
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