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Technical article briefs
Artificial blood vessels
Plasma treatment improves the mechanical properties of biomedical silk powder/polyurethane blend film.
More efficient manufacture of controlled-rheology polypropylene
Polymer formation of a certain molecular weight can be predicted with careful control of reaction conditions.
Removing heavy metals from water
A functional nanofiber membrane can remove copper and lead ions from aqueous solution better than conventional membrane and polymer beads.
Stronger high-density polyethylene
Differential-scanning-calorimetry measurements show that nanocomposites containing barium sulfate have a more perfect crystalline phase.
Highly improved mechanical and tribological properties in nanofiber composites
A facile melt-processing method enables uniform dispersion of carbon nanofibers in polyetherimide without any chemical or physical treatment.
Predicting flow and temperature effects on polymer crystallization
Simulating crystalline microstructure development under various thermal and mechanical conditions provides an essential step towards determining the final properties of injected parts.
Gas-packing effects in external gas-assisted injection molding
Applying gas pressure on the back side of parts at the post-filling stage solves shrinkage at far lower pressure than conventional methods.
Tuning nanocomposite membranes for separation of liquid mixtures
Annealing can be used to control the morphological, physicochemical properties and pervaporation performance of thin sheets of polyvinyl alcohol nanocomposites.
How liquids flow through stretched glass-knitted preforms
Knitted-preform extension in both principal directions affects coursewise flow and permeability ratio, but does not change walewise permeability except by modifying fiber-volume fraction.
Preparation of nanocellular foams
Polymer-blend foams characterized by nanoscale cell structures offer potential for significantly improved performance compared to conventional materials.
Degradation behavior of aliphatic biodegradable polyesters
Structural changes of polyesters during in vitro incubation provide insights into their degradation that could be important for development of biomedical applications.
Organoclay influence on polyamide-nanocomposite failure
Significantly improved flexural fatigue strength resulting from randomly dispersed layered nanoscale silicates enables novel structural applications.
Gelatin/hydroxyapatite nanocomposite scaffolds for bone repair
A specific combination of solvent-layer casting, freeze drying, and lamination techniques enables fabrication of biostructures with almost ideal properties for bone-tissue engineering.
Development of long-basalt- fiber-reinforced thermoplastic matrix composites
Long-fiber-reinforced compounds are particularly advantageous with respect to their dynamic mechanical properties.
Reinforced biocomposites with guaranteed degradability in soil
The addition of cotton fibers to a starch-based commercial material maintains its thermal stability and assures its biodegradation.
Selecting latex characteristics
Emulsion polymer properties can be regulated by a simultaneous inferential control strategy, even in the presence of some modeling errors.
Improved car crash protection
Incorporating nanoclay into polyurethane foam improves low-velocity impact resistance.
Interlayer matrix hybridization of carbon-fiber-reinforced composites
Lamination of layered-structure composites enables improvements in fracture toughness and inhibition of crack propagation.
Influence of carbon nanofiber structure on polyethylene nanocomposites
Nanofiber morphology significantly affects the electrical and mechanical properties of linear, low-density, polyethylene/carbon nanofiber (LLDPE/CNF) composites.
Fiber orientation in injection-compression molded thermoplastics
Compression force, distance, and speed influence the alignment of glass fibers in five layers in short-fiber-reinforced polypropylene plastic parts.
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