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An improved strength tensor-based failure criterion with stress interactions

Tim A. Osswald and Paul V. Osswald
1 February 2017
A new failure criterion includes tensor stress interaction components that can be computed using minimal experimental data depicting the slope of the failure surface at distinct stress axes intersections.

Accurate characterization of moisture absorption in polymeric materials

Youssef K. Hamidi, Gorkem E. Guloglu, and M. Cengiz Altan
19 January 2017
The importance of using the exact solution of the hindered diffusion model is demonstrated on experimental data from a nanoclay/epoxy composite.

Fabrication of electrically conductive and antibacterial biocomposite materials

Mohammad Taghi Satoungar, Saeid Fattahi, Mohammad Khajeh Mehrizi, and Hamed Azizi
13 January 2017
A direct electrospinning process was used to produce polylactic acid/silver nanowire fibers that exhibit a core–shell structure.

Enhancing the electrical conductivity of incompatible polymer blends

Soumya Mondal and Dipak Khastgir
11 January 2017
A novel two-step mixing process is investigated, in which carbon black fillers are added to a nitrile butadiene rubber/ethylene propylene diene monomer mixture in different sequences.

Forming process for carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic sheets

Daichi Tatsuno, Takeshi Yoneyama, Kiichirou Kawamoto, and Masayuki Okamoto
9 January 2017
A production process using a mechanical servo press shows promise for forming, trimming, and joining carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic sheets for the fabrication of automobile parts.

Liquid-crystal-functionalized carbon nanotubes improve nanocomposite properties

Dayong Gui, Weijian Xiong, Xue Gao, Xueqing Cai, Guiming Tan, and Jianhong Liu
21 December 2016
The addition of carbon nanotubes, functionalized with 4′-allyloxy-biphenyl-4-ol, to silicone resin improves the mechanical and thermal properties of the resultant nanocomposites.

Polytetrafluoroethylene as a suitable filler for poly(lactic acid) composites

An Huang, Haoyang Mi, Hrishikesh Kharbas, Tom Ellingham, Lih-Sheng Turng, and Xiangfang Peng
15 December 2016
The mechanical, rheological, and foaming properties of melt-blended samples were investigated.

Influence of process parameters on fiber orientation in reinforced thermoplastics

Teresa Möbius, Rico Blei, Niels Modler, Camilo Pérez, and Tim A. Osswald
24 November 2016
Simulations and experiments are conducted to determine how the fiber orientation of composite parts changes during a hot-press manufacturing process.

Novel nanocarbon/polyurethane composites for corrosion resistant coatings

Srinivasarao Pilla, Rohit Ranganathan Gaddam, Ramanuj Narayan, and Kothapalli V. S. N. Raju
17 November 2016
A versatile synthesis method is used to realize high-performance nitrogen-core hyperbranched polymer–carbon nanohorn hybrid materials.

Influence of graphene oxide inpolytriazoleimide nanocomposites

Balasubramanian Rukmanikrishnan, Bajaji Sadhasivam, and Sarojadevi Muthusamy
11 November 2016
Polytriazoleimide composites containing at least 1wt graphene oxide nanoparticles exhibit substantially improved thermal, mechanical, flame retardancy, dielectric, and water-absorption properties.