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Investigating novel elastomer blend foams for shoe soles

Zhen Xiu Zhang and Prakashan K
1 August 2017
Ethylene-vinyl acetate/polyurethane foams containing calcium carbonate fillers are produced via a batch foaming process, with the use of supercritical nitrogen.

New criteria for evaluating the scratch-resistance properties of polypropylene

Han Jiang, Chengkai Jiang, Guozheng Kang, Qianhua Kan, Jianwei Zhang, and Yonghua Li
28 July 2017
Several suitable measures of scratch resistance are assessed, and polypropylene with large yield strength and small elastic modulus is found to exhibit the best quality.

Fabricating nature-inspired self-healing polymers

Alfonso Martone, Stefania Dello Iacono, Antonello Pastore, and Eugenio Amendola
25 July 2017
A thermo-reversible self-healing epoxy resin based on Diels-Alder chemistry is synthesized and strength-tested as part of a fiber-reinforced composite material.

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.

Novel indicator of weld line strength in extruded parts

Luís L. Ferrás, Yalew Sitotaw, Célio Fernandes, João M. Nóbrega, and Olga S. Carneiro
14 July 2017
A combined numerical and experimental approach provides an improved understanding of the correlation between flow conditions and the strength of weld lines.

Novel bionanocomposite systems for packaging applications

Sarat Kumar Swain, Gyanaranjan Sahoo, Niladri Sarkar, and Fanismita Mohanty
12 July 2017
Incorporating silicon carbide and calcium carbonate nanofillers into soy protein and starch, respectively, improves the thermal, mechanical, and chemical-resistance properties of the samples.

Time-dependent fracture behavior of acrylic resins

Tommaso Pini, Francesco Briatico-Vangosa, Roberto Frassine, and Marta Rink
10 July 2017
An investigation was conducted into the effects of time, temperature, and different toughening mechanisms on plain and toughened polymer samples.

Improving interfacial adhesion in aramid-fiber-reinforced rubber composites

Zhu Luo, Weilong Chen, Jin Zhong, Dong Fuping, Yang Le, and Zheng Qiang
6 July 2017
An anhydride and mulifunctional epoxy are grafted onto liquid polybutadiene in a novel compatibilizer that has a high grafting degree and very low gel rate.

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.