The SPE Library contains thousands of papers, presentations, journal briefs and recorded webinars from the best minds in the Plastics Industry. Spanning almost two decades, this collection of published research and development work in polymer science and plastics technology is a wealth of knowledge and information for anyone involved in plastics.
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Technical article briefs
Investigating the tribology of poly-ether-ether-ketone at high temperatures
The change in crystallinity of polymer samples at high temperature was used to analyze fretting wear behavior.
Development of stable polymeric structures for harsh oil-reservoir conditions
Understanding the structure-function relationship in polymeric materials enables the development of stable products to optimize hydrocarbon recovery under harsh conditions.
Compatibilizer-photostabilizer interactions in coir fiber/polypropylene composites
The use of photostabilizing additives may compromise the mechanical properties of coir fiber-reinforced polypropylene composites compatibilized with maleic anhydride-grafted polypropylene.
Toughening polyoxymethylene by polyolefin elastomer and compatibilizer
Glycidyl methacrylate-grafted high-density polyethylene improved the compatibility of polyoxymethylene and polyolefin elastomer, in turn enhancing the properties of polyoxymethylene.
Improving flame retardancy of epoxy resins
New nitrogen-rich bentonite organoclays are used to improve the behavior of traditionally flammable materials, such as epoxy resins in carbon fiber-reinforced polymers.
Improving the mechanical properties of fatty acid starch esters
The novel use of sago starch and vinyl laurate in densified carbon dioxide increases the reactivity of esterification and produces final products that have higher degrees of substitution.
Accelerating the degradation of polyethylene composite mulches
Films containing poly(methyl methacrylate)-modified titanium dioxide nanoparticles exhibit enhanced photocatalytic oxidation and biodegradation.
Analyzing the radiopacity of dental composite restoratives
The radiopacity of modern dental restorative materials depends critically on the filler compositions.
Using bis-oxalamides to reduce the haze of linear low-density polyethylene
The haze of a commercially available resin can be reduced by up to 50 by incorporating novel clarification agents.
Improving the flame retardance of microcellular nanocomposites by employing layered nanoclays
Incorporating fully oriented layered nanoclay within microcellular thermoplastic polyurethane foam achieves an excellent thermal-shielding performance that significantly enhances its flame retardance.
Developing greener composites from cellulose nanocrystals and biopolyurethane
Environmentally friendly nanocomposite materials from bio-based polyurethane and cellulose nanocrystals show significantly improved mechanical properties with only 1 nanocrystal filler.
Novel bioinspired approach to improve the properties of soy protein isolate films
A casting method is used to incorporate poly(dopamine)-modified montmorillonite reinforcements and ferric iron coordination crosslinking centers into the matrix of nanocomposites.
Improved filler-matrix interfaces in environmentally friendly polymeric composites
Wood-plastic composites can be optimized with the addition of waste paper fibers, coupling agents, and bioderived polymers.
A novel high-performance biobased polyamide
Poly(pentamethylene oxamide) exhibits excellent mechanical, thermal, and water absorption properties, and is suitable for the fabrication of plastics, as well as parts in the automobile and electronics industries.
Enhanced cellulose nanofibril/polypropylene composites for 3D printing
Novel composites containing natural spray-dried nanofibers have improved rheological properties over conventional filled polypropylene composites and may be suitable for fused filament fabrication.
Self-healing microcapsules containing rejuvenator with an organic nanocomposite shell
Novel self-healing microcapsules containing bituminous rejuvenator with nano-calcium carbonate/organic composite shells were developed by in situ polymerization.
Rapid fabrication of various molds for polymer lens arrays
A one-step method enables the fabrication of molds with concave lens array patterns, which can be used for the replication of polymer lens arrays.
Mechanochemical reclaiming of ground rubber tire using a dual-functional reclaiming agent
Disulfide chemicals act as a reclaiming agent during the mechanochemical reclaiming of ground rubber tire and can subsequently help to disperse silica filler into the revulcanizate.
Improving the performance of eco-friendly co-extruded polyamide nanocomposite films
The performance of polyamide/polyethylene multilayer nanocomposite films for food packaging was optimized by tuning the co-extrusion processing conditions and film layout.
Enhancing the morphological and mechanical properties of bamboo fibers
The properties of bamboo fibers treated with alkaline solutions of various concentrations are investigated using scanning electron microscopy, IR spectroscopy, and tensile testing.
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