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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.

Industrial-scale preparation of nanocellulose-reinforced biocomposites

Pejman Heidarian, Tayebeh Behzad, Keikhosro Karimi, and Mohini Sain
22 August 2017
A novel method is used to fabricate recycled polylactic acid/cellulose nanofiber composites and to improve the overall properties of the biofilms.

Understanding carbon/epoxy impact damage with infrared thermography

Carosena Meola, Simone Boccardi, Natalino Daniele Boffa, Fabrizio Ricci, and Giovanni Maria Carlomagno
15 August 2017
Monitoring online impact tests via the surface-temperature variation of a laminate enables information to be obtained about the initiation and propagation of impact damage.

Improving nanofiber dispersion and adhesion in polypropylene composites

Saul Sánchez-Valdes, Isaura Yáñez-Flores, Rogelio R. Ramírez-Vargas, Manuel Muñoz-Ávila, and Adan Herrera-Guerrero
10 August 2017
The effects of different carbon nanofiber surface functionalizations, as well as the use of two compatibilizers, on the physical and mechanical properties of polymer samples are investigated.

Characterizing the deformation of woven textile composites

Kadir Bilisik
7 August 2017
The compression-after-low-velocity-impact properties of samples is improved by multistitching techniques and the addition of nanoparticles.

Ethylene vinyl acetate properties improved with layered hybrid nanofillers

Prashant S. Khobragade, Dharmesh P. Hansora, Jitendra B. Naik, Satyendra Mishra, and James Njuguna
4 August 2017
Addition of exfoliated magnesium-aluminum-layered double hydroxide/graphene oxide nanostructures, up to a loading of 0.7wt  gives rise to significantly enhanced mechanical and thermal characteristics.

Coconut shell powder improves the mechanical performance of polypropylene biocomposites

Sarat Kumar Swain, Niladri Sarkar, and Gyanaranjan Sahoo
21 July 2017
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.