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Biopolyesters filled with date seed powder

Vikas Mittal and Nadejda Matsko
Using date seed powder to reinforce the biodegradable polyesters poly-L-lactide and poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) improves their properties.

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Post-industrial waste nylon for automotive applications

David DuQuesnay, Ying Zhang, and Philip Bates
27 August 2014
Although slightly lower in tensile and fatigue strength, glass-fiber-reinforced waste nylon can be a viable substitute for reinforced prime nylon in cyclically loaded under-hood automotive applications.

Enhancing properties and value of recycled plastics

Ramazan Asmatulu
25 August 2014
Adding graphene nanoflakes to recycled high-density polyethylene drastically improves its performance.

Bioplasticized poly(vinyl chloride)

Bharat Chaudhary
20 August 2014
Treatment with epoxidized soybean oil and bis(2-ethylhexyl) succinate for wire and cable applications softens the polymer but preserves tensile elongation properties after heat aging.

Synthesis and properties of polystyrene/silicon dioxide nanocomposites

Shi-Yang Zhu, Xian-Ming Zhang, Wen-Xing Chen, and Lian-Fang Feng
13 August 2014
An in situ sol-gel process enables good compatibility between organic and inorganic phases and leads to increased thermal stability with increasing inorganic content.

Modified resin for high-performance composites

Sarawut Rimdusit and Isala Dueramae
30 July 2014
A simple and practical modification makes a new class of phenolic resin—benzoxazine resin—stronger and more resilient.

Voids in composites with continuous fiber reinforcement

Jacob P. Anderson and M. Cengiz Altan
21 July 2014
An enhanced void formation model was developed to accurately predict the void content of composite laminates fabricated from prepreg after humidity exposure and across a range of processing pressures.

Effect of chemical treatment on newspaper fibers

Samira Nedjma, Hocine Djidjelli, Amar Boukerrou, Nacéra Chibani, Yves Grohens, Isabelle Pillin, and Djafer Benachour
17 July 2014
De-inking and modifying newspapers with acetic anhydride, sodium hydroxide, and potassium permanganate enhances interfacial adhesion between a polyvinyl chloride matrix and the newspaper fibers.

Screw speed and nanocomposite rheology

Vinicius Pistor and Ademir José Zattera
3 July 2014
Process conditions affect the intercalation, exfoliation, slippage of polymer chains, and relaxation times of polymer-clay nanocomposites.

Typical interactions of composite additives with polyethylene and nanoclay

Ruijun Gu and Mohini Sain
26 June 2014
Maleated polyolefins are commonly used to compatibilize wood fiber-reinforced composites, but can decrease tensile strength. Dicumyl peroxide may be a superior choice when natural fibers are not used.

Toughening epoxy with liquid and preformed powdered rubber

Long-Cheng Tang, Li-Zhi Guan, Li-Xiu Gong, Lian-Bin Wu, and Jian-Xiong Jiang
18 June 2014
Phase-separation-formed submicron liquid rubber and preformed powdered nanoscale rubber fillers balance the mechanical and thermal properties of epoxy resin nanocomposites.