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Coconut shell powder improves the mechanical performance of polypropylene biocomposites

Sarat Kumar Swain, Niladri Sarkar, and Gyanaranjan Sahoo
Acrylic-modified coconut shell powder reinforces a hydrophobic polypropylene matrix and leads to a semi-ductile nature that may make the biocomposite suitable for use in construction.

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A simple, versatile imaging technique for quantifying the haze of materials

Stephan Busato and Aleksandr Perevedentsev
17 July 2017
An alternative imaging-based technique quantifies the haze of materials in practically useful terms, and allows more sophisticated optical data to be extracted compared with the commonly used ASTM standard.

Novel indicator of weld line strength in extruded parts

Luís L. Ferrás, Yalew Sitotaw, Célio Fernandes, João M. Nóbrega, and Olga S. Carneiro
14 July 2017
A combined numerical and experimental approach provides an improved understanding of the correlation between flow conditions and the strength of weld lines.

Novel bionanocomposite systems for packaging applications

Sarat Kumar Swain, Gyanaranjan Sahoo, Niladri Sarkar, and Fanismita Mohanty
12 July 2017
Incorporating silicon carbide and calcium carbonate nanofillers into soy protein and starch, respectively, improves the thermal, mechanical, and chemical-resistance properties of the samples.

Time-dependent fracture behavior of acrylic resins

Tommaso Pini, Francesco Briatico-Vangosa, Roberto Frassine, and Marta Rink
10 July 2017
An investigation was conducted into the effects of time, temperature, and different toughening mechanisms on plain and toughened polymer samples.

Improving interfacial adhesion in aramid-fiber-reinforced rubber composites

Zhu Luo, Weilong Chen, Jin Zhong, Dong Fuping, Yang Le, and Zheng Qiang
6 July 2017
An anhydride and mulifunctional epoxy are grafted onto liquid polybutadiene in a novel compatibilizer that has a high grafting degree and very low gel rate.

Enhancing the morphological and mechanical properties of bamboo fibers

Fang Wang, Shujue Zhou, and Mengqing Yang
3 July 2017
The properties of bamboo fibers treated with alkaline solutions of various concentrations are investigated using scanning electron microscopy, IR spectroscopy, and tensile testing.

Improving the performance of eco-friendly co-extruded polyamide nanocomposite films

Emilia Garofalo, Paola Scarfato, Luciano Di Maio, and Loredana Incarnato
30 June 2017
The performance of polyamide/polyethylene multilayer nanocomposite films for food packaging was optimized by tuning the co-extrusion processing conditions and film layout.

Mechanochemical reclaiming of ground rubber tire using a dual-functional reclaiming agent

Debapriya De, Madhusudan Roy, Supriyo Das, Soumyajit Ghorai, and Arun K. Jalan
26 June 2017
Disulfide chemicals act as a reclaiming agent during the mechanochemical reclaiming of ground rubber tire and can subsequently help to disperse silica filler into the revulcanizate.

Rapid fabrication of various molds for polymer lens arrays

Chih-Yuan Chang
22 June 2017
A one-step method enables the fabrication of molds with concave lens array patterns, which can be used for the replication of polymer lens arrays.

Self-healing microcapsules containing rejuvenator with an organic nanocomposite shell

Jun-Feng Su, Shan Han, and Yingyuan Wang
15 June 2017
Novel self-healing microcapsules containing bituminous rejuvenator with nano-calcium carbonate/organic composite shells were developed by in situ polymerization.