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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.

Increasing the efficiency of plate to plate hot embossing

Daming Wu, Jingyao Sun, Ying Liu, Zhenzhou Yang, Hong Xu, Xiuting Zheng, and Pengsheng Gou
4 November 2016
A new method for plate to plate hot embossing has been developed, greatly decreasing the cycle time required for the process.

Effect of molding conditions on properties of injection-molded polylactic acid parts

Felice De Santis, Valentina Volpe, and Roberto Pantani
22 September 2016
A post-molding stage, in which samples are kept at 105°C, is used to produce semi-crystalline samples in much shorter times than through standard injection into a hot mold.

Dipropylene glycol dibenzoate for improved poly(lactic acid) plasticization

Tong Wan and Yanyan Lin
25 August 2016
The influence of different plasticizer materials on the mechanical properties and storage stability of poly(lactic acid) films is studied.

High-performance polylactide biocomposites reinforced with cellulose nanofibers

Fatemeh Safdari, Davood Bagheriasl, Pierre J. Carreau, Marie-Claude Heuzey, and Musa R. Kamal
11 August 2016
Rheological, optical, mechanical, and thermomechanical investigation of the properties of cellulose-nanofiber-reinforced polylactide demonstrates the solution method for achieving good fiber dispersion.

Multiwalled carbon nanotubes for microwave heating of polymers

Begoña Galindo, Adolfo Benedito, and Enrique Giménez
20 July 2016
Efficient heating is achieved by optimizing the dispersion of microwave susceptor additives within a polypropylene matrix.

Enhancing the mechanical characteristics of thermoplastic vulcanizates

Mohammad Milad Abdollahi and Ahmad Reza Shafieizadegan-Esfahani
17 June 2016
Novel processing methods are tested to improve the tensile properties of ethylene propylene diene monomer/polypropylene composites.

De-inking paper sludge as a potential reinforcement for recycled plastics

Ahmed Elloumi, M. Makhlouf, A. Elleuchi, and Ch. Bradai
20 May 2016
The addition of de-inking paper sludge into recycled high-density polyethylene composites improves their tensile strength and stiffness, but is detrimental to their ductility and toughness.

Reinforcing thermoplastic vulcanizates with ground tire rubber

Francisco Hernández, Ernesto Hernández, and Florentino Soriano
22 April 2016
Acid surface treatment produces an increase in surface area of 896% and increases the Young's modulus of composites by up to 207%.

Foamcore blow-molded structural components for transportation applications

Steve Sopher
8 April 2016
A novel process combines traditional blow molding with an injection-molded low-density particle foam core for the fabrication of structural parts in the automotive and related industries.