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Predicting the fiber-breakage history in injection molding

Chao-Tsai Huang
Simulations of the injection-molding process for long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics enable the prediction of complex fiber behavior and can therefore be used to investigate the effect of screw type.

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Creep in carbon/epoxy composites manufactured by filament winding

José Humberto S. Almeida Jr, Heitor L. Ornaghi Jr, Natália P. Lorandi, and Sandro C. Amico
27 March 2018
Investigation of carbon-fiber-reinforced epoxy laminates shows that their viscoelastic behavior depends on both fiber orientation and creep performance.

Understanding the properties of processed polyamide 11

Katalee Jariyavidyanont, René Androsch, Jason L. Williams, Alicyn M. Rhoades, Ines Kühnert, and Walter Focke
20 March 2018
Calculating different cooling rates for injection-molded polyamide 11 enables successful prediction of crystal polymorph details in actual molded parts.

Fluorinated polymer/organo-modified magnetic nanoparticle composites

Manami Iizuka and Atsuhiro Fujimori
14 March 2018
Organo-modified magnetic nanoparticles can be evenly dispersed within a fluoropolymer matrix by melt compounding for the development of transparent, heat-resistant, flexible nanocomposite films.

Poly(hydroxamic acid) hydrogels for the removal of dyes from aqueous solutions

Dursun Saraydın, Yasemin Işıkver, and Erdener Karadağ
6 March 2018
The crosslinker used in the preparation of a poly(hydroxamic acid) hydrogel has a greater effect on its dye-sorbent properties (i.e., the removal efficiency) than does the type of dye.

Preparation and modification of polyethersulfone-based hybrid materials

Burcu Oktay, Emre Baştürk, Memet Vezir Kahraman, and Nilhan Kayaman Apohan
27 February 2018
Polyethersulfone modified by UV-induced grafting and then combined with poly(trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate results in a hybrid material suitable for heat-resistant applications in homes and industries.

Influence of temperature on the electrical properties of conductive polymer composites

Michael Jones Silva, Paulo Vinicius Rebeque, Alex Otávio Sanches, José Antônio Malmonge, Haroldo Naoyuki Nagashima, and Darcy Hiroe Fujii Kanda
20 February 2018
Incorporation of carbon black nanofillers into castor oil polyurethane improves the electrical conductivity of the materials, through a thermally activated process.

Microcellular polypropylene films with good piezoelectric properties

Denis Rodrigue and Abolfazi Mohebbi
13 February 2018
Microcellular polypropylene films can be used to produce piezoelectric materials with improved properties, capacitance, and stored energy capacity.

Fabrication of buckypaper via a resin infiltration technique

Zaheen Ullah Khan
6 February 2018
Polymer nanocomposite papers produced through a novel approach exhibit high flexibility, improved thermal stability, and easy processability, and can thus be used in a variety of technical applications.

Rheology of polyacrylamide/layered double hydroxide nanocomposites

N'guadi Blaise Allou and Rajib Lochan Goswamee
30 January 2018
The viscoelastic properties and stability of hybrid gels, synthesized via in situ polymerization, are improved upon addition of magnesium-aluminum layered double hydroxide.

Examining foaming technology for long-fiber-reinforced polypropylene composites

Ying-Guo Zhou
23 January 2018
Novel injection molding technology can reduce the level of fiber breakage during processing and the degree of fiber alignment along the flow direction.