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Linear low-density polyethylene and ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer multilayer films

Maria Serral, Josep Bonet Avalos, Marc Mangnus, and Peter Sandk├╝hler
A simple additive rule predicts the viscoelasticity of multilayer films from the properties of pure component films obtained under the same processing conditions.

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Predicting the electrical properties of conductive composites

Rafael Guntzel Arenhart, Guilherme Mariz de Oliveira Barra, and Celso Peres Fernandes
12 February 2015
A numerical method that takes into account the size variability of particles enables better prediction of the electrical conductivity of insulating composites filled with conductive particles.

A new approach to reinforcing Nylon 6 nanocomposites

Denis Rodrigue and Hajar Yousefian
3 February 2015
The stiffness and other mechanical properties of Nylon 6 nanocomposites can be improved with nanocrystalline cellulose by melt blending and processing.

Fatigue loading enhances the strength of nylon nanofiber yarns

Ali Akbar Gharehaghaji, Sara Asghari Mooneghi, Hossein Hosseini-Toudeshky, and Giti Torkaman
27 January 2015
The application of tensile fatigue to nylon-66 nanofiber yarns improves the nanofiber alignment and crystallinity of their structure, thereby increasing tensile strength.

Modeling multilayer film co-extrusion

James Champion, Kieran Looney, and Mark Simmons
23 January 2015
Die plug analysis and chloroform washing validate a computational fluid dynamics model of polyester co-extrusion.

Real-time measurement of local permeability during resin transfer molding

Yuan Yao, Bai-Jian Wei, Yu-Sung Chang, and Kai-Hong Wang
21 January 2015
Effective real-time measurement of local preform permeability during resin transfer molding manufacturing is critically important for both product quality control and numerical process simulation.

Biodegradable porous structures derived from multiphase polymer blends

Apostolos Baklavaridis, Ioannis Zuburtikudis, and Costas Panayiotou
13 January 2015
Reinforcing multiphase porous biopolymer composites with clay platelets increases their mechanical strength, making them a promising candidate for future tissue engineering applications.

3D printing biocomposites

Brent Tisserat, Zengshe Liu, Victoria Finkenstadt, Branden Lewandowski, Steven Ott, and Louis Reifschneider
9 January 2015
Poor interfacial binding reduces the mechanical properties of 3D printed tensile bars prepared from filaments of blends of biomaterials with polylactic acid.

Crack-fiber interaction in fiber-reinforced composites

5 January 2015
The matrix crack-fiber bundle interaction in fiber-reinforced composites is investigated analytically and experimentally.

Autoclaved aerated concrete waste composites as a filler for natural rubber

Wanvimon Arayapranee and Garry L. Rempel
20 December 2014
Filling natural rubber with autoclaved aerated concrete waste enhances the processability and tensile and thermal properties of the composites.

Feather-inspired strong, light layered composites

James Seferis, Vasileios Drakonakis, and Charalabos Doumanidis
12 December 2014
Layered carbon-fiber-reinforced composites with a fractal-structured interlayer of carbon-nanotube-reinforced nanofibers show a high strength/weight ratio.