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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.

High-modulus biocomposites based on short wood fibers and acrylic resin

Emmanuel Akpan, Bernd Wetzel, and Klaus Friedrich
9 January 2018
Replacing natural fiber mats with short wood fibers in acrylic resin biocomposites reduces the associated production cost and cycle time.

Factors influencing the electromagnetic shielding of polymer/carbon composites

Claudia Merlini, Alessandro Pegoretti, Patricia Cristine Vargas, Tairan F. da Cunha, Sílvia D.A.S. Ramôa, Guilherme M. O. Barra, and Bluma G. Soares
2 January 2018
The electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness of polymer composites filled with nanostructured carbon materials depends on electrical conductivity, morphology, aspect ratio, and filler dispersion.

Aerogel-reinforced polymer nanocomposites

Saeed Salimian and Ali Zadhoush
12 December 2017
Carbon aerogels are lightweight, mesoporus, solid-state materials that can be used to reinforce composites and to enhance their thermal and mechanical properties.

Adding carbon nanotubes to elastomer blends for improved mechanical performance

Seyed Mohamad Reza Paran, Ghasem Naderi, and Aghil Babakhani
14 November 2017
The addition of carbon nanotubes into a natural rubber/ethylene propylene diene monomer blend enhances the cure characteristics and physical and mechanical properties of the resultant nanocomposites.

Accurate, repeatable, and efficient fiber-length measurements

Sebastian Goris, Tim A. Osswald, Teresa Back, Dietmar Drummer, Angel Yanev, and Dave Brands
31 October 2017
Conventional fiber-length measurement techniques for discontinuous fiber-reinforced composites are evaluated and a novel characterization methodology is proposed.

Predicting the mechanical behavior of butadiene-rubber nanocomposites

Sepideh Zoghi, Ghasem Naderi, and Shirin Shokoohi
24 October 2017
The physical and mechanical characteristics of butadiene-rubber-based nanocomposites can be reliably predicted using theoretical hyper-elastic models and finite-element simulations.

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.