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Friction stir processing of thermoplastic/rubber/nanoclay composites

Mohammad Reza Nakhaei, Amir Mostafapour, and Ghasem Naderi
2 November 2017
The effects of pin geometry and process parameters on the mechanical properties of samples fabricated via this novel technique are investigated.

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.

Real-time viscosity monitoring during graft copolymerization of gelatinized starch

Judy R. Witono, Inge-Willem Noordergraaf, Erik Heeres, and Leon P. B. M. Janssen
17 October 2017
A combined stirrer–torque meter provides a novel and effective way to obtain continuous, in-line measurements of reaction mixtures.

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.

Creep-recovery behavior of novel polyurethane/carbon nanotube composites

Ramin Shamsi, Reza Sheibani, and Hamed Nazarpour-Fard
6 October 2017
Dynamic mechanical analysis and three well-known models were used to investigate the mechanical properties of samples synthesized from recycled poly-ethylene terephthalate.

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.

Effects of ultrasonic vibration on polypropylene/graphene nanoplatelet composites

Suihua He and Jingjing Zhang
28 September 2017
Ultrasonic vibration can reduce the size and effectively enhance the uniform dispersion of graphene nanoplatelets during extrusion, thus improving the electrical and thermal network in resultant composites.

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.

Investigating the use of fibrillar clays for reinforcement of polymer composites

David E. Cisneros-Rosado, Emilio F. Paz-Alpuche, and Jorge A. Uribe-Calderon
21 September 2017
Surface modifications to palygorskite promote its dispersion within nylon 6, which in turn improves the thermal and mechanical properties of the resultant nanocomposites.