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Fracture behavior of high-density polyethylene composites

Yick G. Hsuan, Sukjoon Na, and Sabrina Spatari
The essential work of fracture concept was used to study the effect of nanoclay on the plain-strain fracturing of pristine and recycled blends.

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Enhancing the processability and performance of polylactic acid resins

Emilia Garofalo, Paola Scarfato, Luciano Di Maio, and Loredana Incarnato
2 February 2016
An in-depth study of polylactide nanocomposite molecular characteristics demonstrates that selecting appropriate organoclays for each polylactide grade is a key issue.

Improving the electrical properties of polyamide nanocomposites

Laura Arboleda-Clemente, Ana Ares-Pernas, Xoán García, Sonia Dopico, and María José Abad
29 January 2016
Preferential localization of multiwall carbon nanotubes at the polyamide interface gives rise to a high aspect ratio that can be maintained after processing, even at low filler contents.

Improved electrical properties of poly(vinyl alcohol)-based nanofiber electrolytes

Murat Şimşek, Zakir M. O. Rzayev, Selim Acar, Bahtiyar Salamov, and Ulviya Bunyatova
28 January 2016
Multifunctional, chemically and physically reactive polymer blends are used as electrical conductive sites to fabricate self-assembled nanofiber structures.

Reinforced polylactic acid for use in high-strength biodegradable medical implants

Yuanyuan Chen, Luke Geever, Clement Higginbotham, John Killion, Sean Lyons, and Declan Devine
26 January 2016
Melt compounding of polylactic acid and halloysite nanotubes produces a novel composite with good mechanical properties.

Nanoclay fibers for the reinforcement of poly(lactic acid)-based composites

Canan Erpek, Ulku Yilmazer, and Güralp Özkoç
20 January 2016
Halloysite nanotubes are investigated as an alternative filler material to carbon nanotubes.

Optimizing the flame retardant content of natural fiber thermoplastic composites

Ahmed El-Sabbagh, Leif Steuernagel, Dieter Meiners, Gerhard Ziegmann, and Oliver Toepfer
14 January 2016
Aluminum trihydroxide can be used with compounded flax and polypropylene to increase flame retardance behavior, but without reducing mechanical properties.

Effects of surface modification on physical properties of bio-composites

Rajkumar Subbiah, Mohini Sain, Sanjay K. Nayak, and Jimi Tjong
11 January 2016
Treated sisal fiber-based materials exhibit permeability, resin flow direction, and tensile strength changes compared with untreated samples.

Reinforcing polymer composites with coir fiber

Tamer Hamouda, Ahmed H. Hassanin, Ali Kilic, and Zeki Candan
8 January 2016
Physical and mechanical measurements of novel coir/polyester and coir-glass/fiber sandwich structures, with woven glass fiber roving skins, are presented.

Investigating the geometrical shape of cellulose nanocrystals

Yujie Meng, Timothy M. Young, Siqun Wang, Qiang Wu, Yanjun Li, and Biao Huang
5 January 2016
The 3D morphology of nanoparticles prepared from switchgrass is quantitatively and statistically characterized.

Characterization of reinforced interpenetrating polymer network composites

Arup Mandal and Debabrata Chakrabarty
30 December 2015
The incorporation of nanocellulose in poly(vinyl alcohol)/polyacrylamide blends provides significant improvement to mechanical properties, but has no affect on thermal stability.