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Industrial-scale preparation of nanocellulose-reinforced biocomposites

Pejman Heidarian, Tayebeh Behzad, Keikhosro Karimi, and Mohini Sain
A novel method is used to fabricate recycled polylactic acid/cellulose nanofiber composites and to improve the overall properties of the biofilms.

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Polymethylolacrylamide films for antibacterial and biowaste management applications

Lidia Kolzunova
18 August 2017
A novel electrosynthesis method is quicker and safer than conventional approaches, and allows the practical uses of the products to be broadened.

Understanding carbon/epoxy impact damage with infrared thermography

Carosena Meola, Simone Boccardi, Natalino Daniele Boffa, Fabrizio Ricci, and Giovanni Maria Carlomagno
15 August 2017
Monitoring online impact tests via the surface-temperature variation of a laminate enables information to be obtained about the initiation and propagation of impact damage.

Improving nanofiber dispersion and adhesion in polypropylene composites

Saul Sánchez-Valdes, Isaura Yáñez-Flores, Rogelio R. Ramírez-Vargas, Manuel Muñoz-Ávila, and Adan Herrera-Guerrero
10 August 2017
The effects of different carbon nanofiber surface functionalizations, as well as the use of two compatibilizers, on the physical and mechanical properties of polymer samples are investigated.

Characterizing the deformation of woven textile composites

Kadir Bilisik
7 August 2017
The compression-after-low-velocity-impact properties of samples is improved by multistitching techniques and the addition of nanoparticles.

Ethylene vinyl acetate properties improved with layered hybrid nanofillers

Prashant S. Khobragade, Dharmesh P. Hansora, Jitendra B. Naik, Satyendra Mishra, and James Njuguna
4 August 2017
Addition of exfoliated magnesium-aluminum-layered double hydroxide/graphene oxide nanostructures, up to a loading of 0.7wt  gives rise to significantly enhanced mechanical and thermal characteristics.

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.