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Examining foaming technology for long-fiber-reinforced polypropylene composites

Ying-Guo Zhou
Novel injection molding technology can reduce the level of fiber breakage during processing and the degree of fiber alignment along the flow direction.

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Transient modeling of viscosity

Amir Moshe
16 January 2018
The viscoelastic behavior of polymer melt is a significant factor during rheological characterization and should be taken into account during analysis and viscosity modeling.

High-modulus biocomposites based on short wood fibers and acrylic resin

Emmanuel Akpan, Bernd Wetzel, and Klaus Friedrich
9 January 2018
Replacing natural fiber mats with short wood fibers in acrylic resin biocomposites reduces the associated production cost and cycle time.

Factors influencing the electromagnetic shielding of polymer/carbon composites

Claudia Merlini, Alessandro Pegoretti, Patricia Cristine Vargas, Tairan F. da Cunha, Sílvia D.A.S. Ramôa, Guilherme M. O. Barra, and Bluma G. Soares
2 January 2018
The electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness of polymer composites filled with nanostructured carbon materials depends on electrical conductivity, morphology, aspect ratio, and filler dispersion.

Structure-property relationships of 3D-printed carbon nanotube/polymer composites

Huseini S. Patanwala and Anson W. K. Ma
26 December 2017
A dimensionless volumetric flow rate is found to be a critical parameter for understanding the microstructure and subsequent mechanical properties of 3D-printed composites.

UV-induced changes to the structure of polycarbonate

Sanboh Lee and Julie P. Harmon
19 December 2017
Experiments reveal that acetone absorption induces crystallinity in polycarbonate and that the irradiated samples exhibit enhanced solvent crystallization.

Aerogel-reinforced polymer nanocomposites

Saeed Salimian and Ali Zadhoush
12 December 2017
Carbon aerogels are lightweight, mesoporus, solid-state materials that can be used to reinforce composites and to enhance their thermal and mechanical properties.

Applications of nanomaterials in medicine

Stefano Nobile and Lucio Nobile
6 December 2017
Recent advances in nanotechnology, particularly for diagnostic, therapeutic, and bone tissue engineering purposes, are discussed.

Enhancing the processability of plastics using carbon dioxide and water

Silas Owusu-Nkwantabisah, Alan J. Lesser, and Claudia Staudt
27 November 2017
The synergy obtained by combining supercritical carbon dioxide and superheated water enables polyethersulfone to be processed at significantly lower temperatures than in conventional processes.

Electrospinning chitosan nanopowders into biocompatible polymeric mats

Xueqiong Yin, Jiazhi Ma, Junhua Chen, Wenyuan Dong, Qinhuan Zeng, and Li Zhu
21 November 2017
Chitosan nanopowders can be electrospun into nanofibers together with a poly(vinyl alcohol) solution to create chitosan-based mats with good blood compatibility.

Adding carbon nanotubes to elastomer blends for improved mechanical performance

Seyed Mohamad Reza Paran, Ghasem Naderi, and Aghil Babakhani
14 November 2017
The addition of carbon nanotubes into a natural rubber/ethylene propylene diene monomer blend enhances the cure characteristics and physical and mechanical properties of the resultant nanocomposites.