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Technical article briefs
Improving interfacial adhesion in aramid-fiber-reinforced rubber composites
An anhydride and mulifunctional epoxy are grafted onto liquid polybutadiene in a novel compatibilizer that has a high grafting degree and very low gel rate.
Time-dependent fracture behavior of acrylic resins
An investigation was conducted into the effects of time, temperature, and different toughening mechanisms on plain and toughened polymer samples.
Novel bionanocomposite systems for packaging applications
Incorporating silicon carbide and calcium carbonate nanofillers into soy protein and starch, respectively, improves the thermal, mechanical, and chemical-resistance properties of the samples.
Novel indicator of weld line strength in extruded parts
A combined numerical and experimental approach provides an improved understanding of the correlation between flow conditions and the strength of weld lines.
A simple, versatile imaging technique for quantifying the haze of materials
An alternative imaging-based technique quantifies the haze of materials in practically useful terms, and allows more sophisticated optical data to be extracted compared with the commonly used ASTM standard.
Coconut shell powder improves the mechanical performance of polypropylene biocomposites
Acrylic-modified coconut shell powder reinforces a hydrophobic polypropylene matrix and leads to a semi-ductile nature that may make the biocomposite suitable for use in construction.
Fabricating nature-inspired self-healing polymers
A thermo-reversible self-healing epoxy resin based on Diels-Alder chemistry is synthesized and strength-tested as part of a fiber-reinforced composite material.
New criteria for evaluating the scratch-resistance properties of polypropylene
Several suitable measures of scratch resistance are assessed, and polypropylene with large yield strength and small elastic modulus is found to exhibit the best quality.
Investigating novel elastomer blend foams for shoe soles
Ethylene-vinyl acetate/polyurethane foams containing calcium carbonate fillers are produced via a batch foaming process, with the use of supercritical nitrogen.
Ethylene vinyl acetate properties improved with layered hybrid nanofillers
Addition of exfoliated magnesium-aluminum-layered double hydroxide/graphene oxide nanostructures, up to a loading of 0.7wtÃ‚Â gives rise to significantly enhanced mechanical and thermal characteristics.
Characterizing the deformation of woven textile composites
The compression-after-low-velocity-impact properties of samples is improved by multistitching techniques and the addition of nanoparticles.
Improving nanofiber dispersion and adhesion in polypropylene composites
The effects of different carbon nanofiber surface functionalizations, as well as the use of two compatibilizers, on the physical and mechanical properties of polymer samples are investigated.
Understanding carbon/epoxy impact damage with infrared thermography
Monitoring online impact tests via the surface-temperature variation of a laminate enables information to be obtained about the initiation and propagation of impact damage.
Polymethylolacrylamide films for antibacterial and biowaste management applications
A novel electrosynthesis method is quicker and safer than conventional approaches, and allows the practical uses of the products to be broadened.
Industrial-scale preparation of nanocellulose-reinforced biocomposites
A novel method is used to fabricate recycled polylactic acid/cellulose nanofiber composites and to improve the overall properties of the biofilms.
Electromechanical response of muscle-like actuators enhanced by carbon fillers
The actuation behavior of an acrylic dielectric elastomer is improved by the addition of different carbon fillers, such as carbon blacks, carbon nanotubes, graphite, and nanodiamonds.
Increasing the thermal resistance of polyoxymethylene
Simultaneous addition of polyolefin elastomer and zinc oxide to polyoxymethylene in nanocomposite samples gives rise to a synergistic thermally stabilizing effect.
Polypropylene/cotton stalk biocomposites with enhanced characteristics
The influence of cotton stalk concentration, chemical treatment, and presence of a compatibilizer on the mechanical, rheological, and morphological properties of samples is investigated.
Enhancing the resistance to fatigue crack propagation of epoxy using triblock copolymers
Adding triblock copolymers to an epoxy resin significantly increases its resistance to fatigue crack propagation (by more than 130) without reducing its glass transition temperature or ductility.
Hollow-fiber membrane trapper for sulfur-free hydrogen source
A polyimide hollow-fiber membrane trapper with adsorption channels that enables sulfur to be removed from hydrocarbon fuels could provide a sulfur-free hydrogen source for fuel-cell applications.
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