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Improved processability of linear low-density polyethylene copolymers

Luciano Di Maio, Emilia Garofalo, and Loredana Incarnato
Increasing short-chain branching length by even just a few carbon atoms reduces extrudate distortion.

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Investigating the crystallization behavior of poly(lactic acid) materials

Zhong-Yong Fan and Wei Li
19 August 2015
The poly(L-lactide)-to-poly(D-lactide) block length ratio of star-shaped asymmetric stereoblock copolymers is a key control on the crystallization of stereocomplex crystallites.

Dispersion of graphite nanoplates during melt mixing

José Covas, Eunice Cunha, Maria C. Paiva, and Loic Hilliou
17 August 2015
The behavior of pristine and functionalized particles within polypropylene was investigated with the use of a prototype small-scale mixer.

Predicting shrinkage of plastic films and sheets

Wenyi Huang, Michael Read, and Todd Hogan
14 August 2015
A new relaxation model has been developed to predict the level of shrinkage that occurs during continuous annealing processes.

Evaluating the effects of low-velocity impacts in sandwich composites

Taotao Zhang and Ying Yan
12 August 2015
A new 3D numerical simulation approach considers facesheet intralaminar damage, interlaminar delamination, and honeycomb plastic deformation, as well as compression after impact.

Magnetite nanocomposite films for radiation shielding

Sayed M. Badawy
10 August 2015
Light and flexible polyvinyl alcohol films containing magnetite nanoparticles 6–11nm in diameter provide shielding from gamma rays.

Interfacial modification of alkali-treated kenaf fiber

Dody Ariawan, Muhamad Saifuddin Salim, Razaina Mat Taib, Zainal Arifin Mohd. Ishak, and Mohd. Zharif Ahmad Thirmizir
7 August 2015
The creation of a compatible interface with a polymer matrix enhances the interaction between the fibers and unsaturated polyester composites.

Investigating rapid heat cycle molding

Luca Crema, Giovanni Lucchetta, Filippo Zanini, and Simone Carmignato
5 August 2015
New molding technology affects the mechanical properties of fiber-reinforced polymer materials.

Conformal cooling efficiencies in stretch blow molding

Sumit Mukherjee, Reiner Westhoff, Robert Beard, and Ron Puvak
3 August 2015
Simulating and measuring mold temperatures and stress crack performance helps improve quenching and petaloid base performance.

Interparticle confinement in nanocomposites

Gad Marom and Golan Tanami
31 July 2015
In addition to their reinforcing potential, nanoparticles may affect properties indirectly by acting on the polymer matrix of a nanocomposite, in particular through nucleation and interparticle confinement.

Properties of polyamide-6/cellulose composites enhanced by lignin-containing fibers

Marco-Aurelio De Paoli and Felipe Cicaroni Fernandes
27 July 2015
The mechanical properties and stability of cellulose-fiber-reinforced polyamide-6 can be improved by carefully controlling processing properties, employing a lubricant, and using high-lignin-content fibers.