Composites


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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.

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.