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Novel ablative polymer-based composite for aerospace applications

Luigi Torre, Maurizio Natali, Ivan Puri, and Marco Rallini
14 March 2017
A composite of ethylene-propylene-diene rubber and phenolic resin can be used to protect rocket and probe components at high temperatures.

Novel high-performance all-aramid composites

Jian Min Zhang, Beatriz Cortés-Ballesteros, and Ton Peijs
9 March 2017
Self-reinforced polymer composites are prepared by applying an elaborately designed surface-dissolution method to fuse and consolidate poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) fibers.

Polymer/magnetite nanocomposites with electrical and magnetic conductivity

M. T. Ramesan and P. Jayakrishnan
7 March 2017
A novel nanocomposite based on poly(anthranilic acid) with magnetite nanoparticles—synthesized by a one-step method—achieves enhanced crystallinity, magnetic properties, and AC and DC conductivity.

Surface-initiated catalytic polymerization of hemp fibers

Désiré Yomeni Chimeni, Denis Rodrigue, and Charles Dubois
2 March 2017
A novel surface treatment is experimentally tested as a way to improve the mechanical properties of polymer composites.

Bioplastics to eliminate environmental pollution from agricultural plastic waste

Luciana Sartore, Giuliano Vox, and Evelia Schettini
27 February 2017
Biodegradable polymeric materials based on hydrolyzed proteins from leather waste can be used as biodegradable mulch spray-coatings in horticulture and as containers for seedlings.

Relating mold adhesion problems to heat transfer properties

Daniel Treffer, Alexander Troiss, and Johannes Khinast
22 February 2017
Interfacial temperature instantaneously approaches a certain level depending on thermal effusivities when two bodies are brought into contact, and this level is decisive for adhesion formation.

Effects of tempering on adhesion of liquid silicone rubber to thermoplastics

Christin Baumgart, Volker Altstädt, and Dominik Weiß
20 February 2017
Tempering improves the mechanical properties of liquid silicone rubber, but also decreases its ability to adhere to engineering thermoplastics.

Conductive polymer/silver- coated textile composites with antibacterial properties

Meryem Kalkan Erdoğan, Meral Karakışla, and Mehmet Saçak
13 February 2017
A composite made up of a conductive polymer, poly(!italic!o!/italic!-anisidine), and metallic silver particles imparts antibacterial activity and electrical conductivity when deposited on a nonwoven textile fabric.

An improved strength tensor-based failure criterion with stress interactions

Tim A. Osswald and Paul V. Osswald
1 February 2017
A new failure criterion includes tensor stress interaction components that can be computed using minimal experimental data depicting the slope of the failure surface at distinct stress axes intersections.

Accurate characterization of moisture absorption in polymeric materials

Youssef K. Hamidi, Gorkem E. Guloglu, and M. Cengiz Altan
19 January 2017
The importance of using the exact solution of the hindered diffusion model is demonstrated on experimental data from a nanoclay/epoxy composite.