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Dipropylene glycol dibenzoate for improved poly(lactic acid) plasticization

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

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Microinjection molding of polymer/multi-walled carbon nanotube nanocomposites

Shengtai Zhou, Andrew Hrymak, and Musa Kamal
22 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

Hongxiang Chen and Guihui Yu
15 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

Fatemeh Safdari, Davood Bagheriasl, Pierre J. Carreau, Marie-Claude Heuzey, and Musa R. Kamal
11 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

Guijun Xian, Zike Wang, Zhaohui Yang, and Yongming Yang
8 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

Sundaresan Arunachalam, Markus Battisti, Leonhard Perko, Sebastian Stieger, and Walter Friesenbichler
4 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 and Maurice N. Collins
1 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 and Mark D. Wetzel
28 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

Houmin Li, Yuanyuan Zhang, Kaiqiang Zhu, Xixi Feng, and Hou-Jun Sun
22 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.

Multiwalled carbon nanotubes for microwave heating of polymers

Begoña Galindo, Adolfo Benedito, and Enrique Giménez
20 July 2016
Efficient heating is achieved by optimizing the dispersion of microwave susceptor additives within a polypropylene matrix.

Shear viscosity of fast-reacting aqueous polymer solutions

Magnus Tewes and Urs Alexander Peuker
18 July 2016
A power-law function is used in a simple empirical approach to describe the shear viscosity of acrylic acid in water during polymerization.