Engineering Properties


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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.

A simple, versatile imaging technique for quantifying the haze of materials

Stephan Busato and Aleksandr Perevedentsev
17 July 2017
An alternative imaging-based technique quantifies the haze of materials in practically useful terms, and allows more sophisticated optical data to be extracted compared with the commonly used ASTM standard.

Enhancing the morphological and mechanical properties of bamboo fibers

Fang Wang, Shujue Zhou, and Mengqing Yang
3 July 2017
The properties of bamboo fibers treated with alkaline solutions of various concentrations are investigated using scanning electron microscopy, IR spectroscopy, and tensile testing.

Mechanochemical reclaiming of ground rubber tire using a dual-functional reclaiming agent

Debapriya De, Madhusudan Roy, Supriyo Das, Soumyajit Ghorai, and Arun K. Jalan
26 June 2017
Disulfide chemicals act as a reclaiming agent during the mechanochemical reclaiming of ground rubber tire and can subsequently help to disperse silica filler into the revulcanizate.

Self-healing microcapsules containing rejuvenator with an organic nanocomposite shell

Jun-Feng Su, Shan Han, and Yingyuan Wang
15 June 2017
Novel self-healing microcapsules containing bituminous rejuvenator with nano-calcium carbonate/organic composite shells were developed by in situ polymerization.

Improved filler–matrix interfaces in environmentally friendly polymeric composites

Marco Valente and Alessia Quitadamo
9 June 2017
Wood-plastic composites can be optimized with the addition of waste paper fibers, coupling agents, and bioderived polymers.

Improving flame retardancy of epoxy resins

Loris Giorgini, Tiziana Benelli, Mauro Comes Franchini, and Laura Mazzocchetti
3 May 2017
New nitrogen-rich bentonite organoclays are used to improve the behavior of traditionally flammable materials, such as epoxy resins in carbon fiber-reinforced polymers.

Development of stable polymeric structures for harsh oil-reservoir conditions

Gerardo Pineda-Torres, Luis Cervantes-Montejano, Fernando Barragán-Aroche, Simon López-Ramírez, and Cecilia Durán-Valencia
19 April 2017
Understanding the structure-function relationship in polymeric materials enables the development of stable products to optimize hydrocarbon recovery under harsh conditions.

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.

Crystalline polycarbonate articles fabricated by hot powder compaction

Abdul Salam Thelakkadan and Zahir Bashir
6 January 2017
The feasibility of a novel method is demonstrated by producing crystalline polycarbonate with a defined shape from polycarbonate for the first time.