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Polymer nanocomposite tribology improved with nanoclay reinforcements

Mohammed Abdul Samad
The specific wear rate and coefficient of friction of ultrahigh-molecular-weight polyethylene samples are substantially reduced with the use of three different types of nanoclay filler.

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Wear mechanisms in palmyra- fruit-fiber-reinforced polymer composites

Sankar Irullappasamy
14 October 2016
The effect of several different fiber-surface chemical treatments is investigated for palmyra fruit fiber/polyester samples.

Improving tissue engineering scaffolds with non-mulberry silk fibroin

Renchuan You, Jie Zhang, Yuhang Guo, Yanfei Feng, Xiufang Li, and Qiang Zhang
12 October 2016
Composite nanofibers of polycaprolactone and Antheraea pernyi silk fibroin exhibit good mechanical properties and promote cell attachment, spreading, and proliferation.

Influence of injection rate on injection-molded β-nucleated isotactic polypropylene

Zhigao Huang
7 October 2016
Wide-angle x-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry measurements, as well as simulations, were used to investigate the crystallization properties of layered parts.

High-solid-loading ionic-liquid pretreatment of lignocellulosic particles for biocomposites

Hamayoun Mahmood, Muhammad Moniruzzaman, Suzana Yusup, and Hazizan M. Akil
4 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

Mahdi Khadem, Yu Anle, Won-Seok Lim, and Dae-Eun Kim
30 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

Rafael J. Zaldivar, Aura Labatete-Goeppinger, Dhruv N. Patel, and James P. Nokes
27 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

Felice De Santis, Valentina Volpe, and Roberto Pantani
22 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

Sakvai Mohammed Safiullah, Kathikar Abdul Wasi, and Kottur Anver Basha
19 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

Jian-Yu Chen and Sheng-Jye Hwang
16 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

Agnė Kairytė, Sigitas Vėjelis, Giedrius Balčiūnas, Mikelis Kirpluks, Aiga Ivdre, and Ugis Cabulis
14 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.