Composites


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Agricultural waste can replace wood in plastic composites

Israel Kellersztein and Ana Dotan
10 October 2017
Waste wheat straw can be treated for use as an environmentally sustainable reinforcement in composite materials, with performance equal or better than wood-polymer composites.

A wear-resistant composite material based on polyvinyl alcohol

Huafeng Tian, Di Liu, Aimin Xiang, and Anumakonda Varada Rajulu
3 October 2017
Polyvinyl alcohol composites containing silicon-carbide particles that were modified by a silane coupling agent achieve enhanced mechanical and wear properties.

Functionalizing nonwoven polyester fabrics with polypyrrole

Subhankar Maity
25 September 2017
Polypyrrole-coated nonwoven polyester fabrics, prepared by in situ chemical polymerization, show promise for heat-generation, electromagnetic interference shielding, and sensing applications.

Integrating nanoparticles into 3D-printed structures

Jenniffer Bustillos, Daniela Montero, Pranjal Nautiyal, Archana Loganathan, Benjamin Boesl, and Arvind Agarwal
14 September 2017
Understanding the processing–structure–property relationship of 3D-printed composites reinforced with 2D nanomaterials enables the development of scaffold structures with enhanced performance.

Cyclic deformation of polychloroprene rubber/carbon black composites

Deepak Sethi, Ranvijai Ram, and Dipak Khastgir
11 September 2017
The electrical and mechanical properties of conducting samples, containing various types and concentrations of carbon black fillers, were examined after being subjected to different flexing modes.

Hollow-fiber membrane trapper for sulfur-free hydrogen source

Ligang Lin, Qi Cheng, Kai Huang, Tiantian Zheng, Zhifu He, and Sisi Ma
8 September 2017
A polyimide hollow-fiber membrane trapper with adsorption channels that enables sulfur to be removed from hydrocarbon fuels could provide a sulfur-free hydrogen source for fuel-cell applications.

Enhancing the resistance to fatigue crack propagation of epoxy using triblock copolymers

Andreas Klingler and Bernd Wetzel
5 September 2017
Adding triblock copolymers to an epoxy resin significantly increases its resistance to fatigue crack propagation (by more than 130) without reducing its glass transition temperature or ductility.

Polypropylene/cotton stalk biocomposites with enhanced characteristics

Abhishek Sachan, Veena Choudhary, K. K. Vimal, and G. S. Kapur
31 August 2017
The influence of cotton stalk concentration, chemical treatment, and presence of a compatibilizer on the mechanical, rheological, and morphological properties of samples is investigated.

Increasing the thermal resistance of polyoxymethylene

Remo Merijs Meri, Jānis Zicans, Agnese Ābele, Tatjana Ivanova, and Mārtiņš Kalniņš
28 August 2017
Simultaneous addition of polyolefin elastomer and zinc oxide to polyoxymethylene in nanocomposite samples gives rise to a synergistic thermally stabilizing effect.

Electromechanical response of muscle-like actuators enhanced by carbon fillers

Alexandra Shakun, Minna Poikelispää, Jyrki Vuorinen, and Amit Das
25 August 2017
The actuation behavior of an acrylic dielectric elastomer is improved by the addition of different carbon fillers, such as carbon blacks, carbon nanotubes, graphite, and nanodiamonds.