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Effects of tempering on adhesion of liquid silicone rubber to thermoplastics

Christin Baumgart, Volker Altstädt, and Dominik Weiß
Tempering improves the mechanical properties of liquid silicone rubber, but also decreases its ability to adhere to engineering thermoplastics.

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Conductive polymer/silver- coated textile composites with antibacterial properties

Meryem Kalkan Erdoğan, Meral Karakışla, and Mehmet Saçak
13 February 2017
A composite made up of a conductive polymer, poly(!italic!o!/italic!-anisidine), and metallic silver particles imparts antibacterial activity and electrical conductivity when deposited on a nonwoven textile fabric.

An improved strength tensor-based failure criterion with stress interactions

Tim A. Osswald and Paul V. Osswald
1 February 2017
A new failure criterion includes tensor stress interaction components that can be computed using minimal experimental data depicting the slope of the failure surface at distinct stress axes intersections.

Accurate characterization of moisture absorption in polymeric materials

Youssef K. Hamidi, Gorkem E. Guloglu, and M. Cengiz Altan
19 January 2017
The importance of using the exact solution of the hindered diffusion model is demonstrated on experimental data from a nanoclay/epoxy composite.

Simulating ultrasonic decrosslinking of crosslinked high-density polyethylene

Keyuan Huang and Avraam Isayev
16 January 2017
Process modeling results are validated with experimental twin-screw extrusion measurements.

Fabrication of electrically conductive and antibacterial biocomposite materials

Mohammad Taghi Satoungar, Saeid Fattahi, Mohammad Khajeh Mehrizi, and Hamed Azizi
13 January 2017
A direct electrospinning process was used to produce polylactic acid/silver nanowire fibers that exhibit a core–shell structure.

Enhancing the electrical conductivity of incompatible polymer blends

Soumya Mondal and Dipak Khastgir
11 January 2017
A novel two-step mixing process is investigated, in which carbon black fillers are added to a nitrile butadiene rubber/ethylene propylene diene monomer mixture in different sequences.

Forming process for carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic sheets

Daichi Tatsuno, Takeshi Yoneyama, Kiichirou Kawamoto, and Masayuki Okamoto
9 January 2017
A production process using a mechanical servo press shows promise for forming, trimming, and joining carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic sheets for the fabrication of automobile parts.

Crystalline polycarbonate articles fabricated by hot powder compaction

Abdul Salam Thelakkadan and Zahir Bashir
6 January 2017
The feasibility of a novel method is demonstrated by producing crystalline polycarbonate with a defined shape from polycarbonate for the first time.

Mechanical and crystal enhancements to polylactide with silver-nanoparticle filler

Jesús Bautista-Del-Ángel, Ana B. Morales-Cepeda, Tomas Lozano-Ramírez, Saúl Sanchez, Shahir Karami, and Pierre Lafleur
4 January 2017
Processing poly(lactic acid) with low concentrations of silver using a twin-screw extruder leads to nanocomposites with enhanced crystallinity and improved mechanical properties.

Novel preparation technique for polycarbonate/titanium dioxide nanocomposites

Daniel José da Silva
27 December 2016
The mechanical and thermal stability characteristics of bisphenol-A polycarbonate/electrospun titanium dioxide nanofiber samples, produced via molten-state mixing, are presented.