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Technical article briefs
Co-continuity of thermoplastic elastomer rubber-based nanocomposites
The properties of vulcanizate/clay nanocomposites can be enhanced by optimizing the microstructure of their elastomer/clay precursors.
Compatibilizers improve exfoliation in polymer-clay nanocomposites
Melt viscosity, measured by capillary rheometry, indicates the degree that exfoliation is improved by adding maleated polyethylene compatibilizers to polyethylene-nanoclay composites.
Improved gas-impermeable, transparent food packaging
Intercalating organoclay with glycol-modified polyethylene terephthalate copolyester results in a film that combines good gas-barrier properties with high optical transmittance.
Branched polyethylene with an (α-diimine) nickel catalyst
Polymerizing ethylene using a nickel (ÃŽÂ±-diimine) complex and ethylaluminum sesquichloride generates materials with tunable properties.
Better predicting the dynamic response of sandwich panels
A new high-order theory analyzes the behavior of sandwich panels by taking into account the in-plane normal and shear stresses in their flexible core.
Using waves to locate sources in laminated plates
Understanding the characteristics of wave propagation in laminated plates can aid in advancing nondestructive monitoring of composite structures.
Functionalized carbon nanotubes improve nanocomposite wear properties
Improved interfacial adhesion between carbon nanotubes and the polymer results in nanocomposites exhibiting improved wear rates compared to ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene alone.
Synergistic effects on nonisothermal poly(lactic acid) crystallization
The combination of plasticizers and nucleating agents accelerates the crystallization rate of poly(lactic acid).
Novel membranes based on polyurethane superfine-down- powder composites
A down powder that contains nearly 14 times the specific surface area of down fiber enhances the water-vapor-transmission rate of polyurethane membranes.
Advanced production control of thermoplastic vulcanizates
Extrusion of blends of plastic and vulcanized rubber benefits from multivariable model-based predictive control.
Polymer-flow analysis during thermal nanoimprinting lithography
Numerical simulations of the polymer melt flow during embossing closely match experimental results.
Nonlinear-creep modeling of polyolefin nanocomposites
Linear, low-density polyethylene/fumed-silica nanocomposites show notable enhancements of creep resistance in proportion to the surface area of the incorporated nanofillers.
Preparation and characterization of nanoclay-filled polymer blends
Nanoclay-filled thermoplastic polyurethane/polypropylene blends with maleic anhydride-grafted polypropylene as compatibilizer exhibit overall best performance in terms of tensile properties.
Preparation of flame-retardant hybrid materials
Hyperbranched polyphosphate ester can improve the toughness, flexural and tensile strength, thermal performance, and flame retardance of diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A epoxy resin.
Shedding light on the viscoelasticity of conductive polymer composites
The recovery and relaxation properties of resistance in silicone-rubber/carbon black composites depend strongly on frequency.
Effect of extrusion parameters on polymer-blend impact strength
Use of a reactive compatibilizer and a suitable combination of extrusion parameters extends the high impact strength of poly(butylene terephthalate)/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene blends to very low temperatures.
Reactive compatibilization of polymer blends
The rheology and morphology of uncompatibilized and reactively compatibilized blends of polytrimethylene terephthalate and ethylene propylene diene monomer correlate strongly.
Enhanced flow behavior of metallocene-catalyzed linear low-density polyethylene
Ultrasound exposure can speed up the disentanglement of molecular chains during extrusion.
Bioplastics and global sustainability
Application of bioplastics is in its infancy stage but holds significant promise in developing sustainable plastics for the future.
Mechanical characterization of hydrogel
Digital image correlation is a viable approach to noncontact deformation sensing.
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