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Technical Article Briefs

High-solid-loading ionic-liquid pretreatment of lignocellulosic particles for biocomposites
Hazizan M. Akil, Suzana Yusup, Muhammad Moniruzzaman , Hamayoun Mahmood, October 2016

A novel and environmentally friendly pretreatment approach is used for the production of cellulose-rich fibers as reinforcements for thermoplastic-starch-based bioplastics.

Polymeric composite coatings enhance the wear resistance of mechanical components
Dae-Eun Kim, Won-Seok Lim, Yu Anle, Mahdi Khadem, September 2016

A polytetrafluoroethylene matrix, with inherently low friction, is reinforced with carbon nanotubes and fabricated as a surface coating.

Investigating radiation effects in polymethacrylimide sandwich structure composites
James P. Nokes, Dhruv N. Patel, Aura Labatete-Goeppinger, Rafael J. Zaldivar, September 2016

Upon radiation exposure, polymer fragmentation causes a sharp degradation in the mechanical and thermal properties of Rohacell foams.

Effect of molding conditions on properties of injection-molded polylactic acid parts
Roberto Pantani, Valentina Volpe, Felice De Santis, September 2016

A post-molding stage, in which samples are kept at 105°C, is used to produce semi-crystalline samples in much shorter times than through standard injection into a hot mold.

Direct deposition of copper nanoparticles on poly(glycidyl methacrylate) beads
Kathikar Abdul Wasi, Sakvai Mohammed Safiullah , Kottur Anver Basha, September 2016

A simple method is used to fabricate nanohybrids that serve as effective catalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol.

Alleviating mold adhesion during thermoplastic polyurethane injection molding
Sheng-Jye Hwang, Jian-Yu Chen, September 2016

Different surface treatment coatings for the core and cavity, which have distinctive morphologies, can be used to effectively reduce adhesion.

Recycling paper waste sludge in water-blown rigid polyurethane foams
Aiga Ivdre, Mikelis Kirpluks, Giedrius Balciunas, Sigitas Vejelis, Agne Kairyte , Ugis Cabulis, September 2016

Thermal conductivity and mechanical strength measurements indicate that paper waste sludge particles can be used effectively as fillers in eco-polyol-based foams.

Novel microcellular foam injection-molding technology
Masahiro Ohshima , Shota Ishihara, Long Wang, Hiromasa Uezono, Hideto Goto, Atsushi Yusa, Satoshi Yamamoto, September 2016

A simplified process for the production of microcellular foams demonstrates that pressurization of nitrogen or carbon dioxide to a supercritical state is unnecessary.

Reinforcing thermoplastic starch composites with cellulose nanofibers
Anupama Sharma , Sheetal Monga, Anuradha Rani, Monica Prabhakar, September 2016

Cellulose from sugarcane bagasse can be used to improve the mechanical and barrier properties of bionanocomposites.

Interfacial nanoreinforcement improves bamboo fiber/polymer composites
Mathieu Robert , Florent Gauvin, September 2016

A fully biobased composite material, composed of bamboo fibers and a nanoparticle-reinforced bio-epoxy matrix, exhibits improved mechanical properties.

Microcellular injection-molded blends of polylactic acid and poly(e-caprolactone)
Zhanhu Guo , Xingru Yan, Haibin Zhao, Guoqun Zhao, August 2016

Enhancing the complex viscosity of polylactic acid/poly(e-caprolactone) blends leads to better foaming behavior and pore microstructure.

Dipropylene glycol dibenzoate for improved poly(lactic acid) plasticization
Yanyan Lin, Tong Wan, August 2016

The influence of different plasticizer materials on the mechanical properties and storage stability of poly(lactic acid) films is studied.

Microinjection molding of polymer/multi-walled carbon nanotube nanocomposites
Andrew Hrymak, Musa Kamal, Shengtai Zhou, August 2016

The filler distribution within micromoldings may be significantly affected by molding conditions, mold geometry, and the selection of polymer matrices.

Sepiolite fibers improve the mechanical and shape-memory properties of polyurethane
Guihui Yu, Hongxiang Chen, August 2016

Sepiolite fibers are incorporated in a simple and practical method to achieve increased tensile strength characteristics and shape fixity ratios of polyurethane composites.

High-performance polylactide biocomposites reinforced with cellulose nanofibers
Marie-Claude Heuzey, Pierre J. Carreau, Davood Bagheriasl, Fatemeh Safdari , Musa R. Kamal, August 2016

Rheological, optical, mechanical, and thermomechanical investigation of the properties of cellulose-nanofiber-reinforced polylactide demonstrates the solution method for achieving good fiber dispersion.

Thermal treatment influences the fatigue response of basalt-fiber-reinforced polymer
Zhaohui Yang, Zike Wang, Guijun Xian , Yongming Yang, August 2016

Exposure to elevated temperatures causes the degradation of the resin matrix and a reduction of bonding strength in composite samples, and thus accelerates the propagation of fatigue damage.

Using elongational flow to enhance the properties of polypropylene nanocomposites
Walter Friesenbichler, Leonhard Perko, Sebastian Stieger, Markus Battisti, Sundaresan Arunachalam, August 2016

Different nozzle geometries were investigated to find the optimum injection molding strategy for the production of polymer nanoclay composites.

Polylactic acid biocomposite filaments with improved mechanical properties
Caroline A. Murphy, Maurice N. Collins, August 2016

Fully biodegradable polylactic acid/microcrystalline cellulose composites, with surface-modified reinforcing cellulose, are suitable for 3D printing applications.

Correlation between filler concentration and viscosity power-law for polymer slurries
Gregory A. Campbell , Mark D. Wetzel, July 2016

A new predictive relationship that is based on percolation theory concepts has been verified with tubular flow experiments.

Microwave absorption of carbon nanotube/photopolymer composites
Yuanyuan Zhang, Kaiqiang Zhu, Xixi Feng, Houmin Li , Hou-Jun Sun, July 2016

A novel additive manufacturing approach can be used to fabricate samples in any shape and is a promising methodology for the design of microwave-absorbing material structures.

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