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Controlled branching in propylene polymerization

Kishalay Mitra, Anitha Mogilicharla, and Saptarshi Majumdar
A validated mechanistic kinetic model for a long-chain branched polypropylene system is proposed and optimized for controlled branching for the first time.

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High-voltage insulation with enhanced delamination resistance

Sandra Schlögl and Dietmar Lenko
20 October 2014
Flexible laminates based on silicone rubber promote high delamination resistance in stator bar insulation, offering a promising approach for the manufacture of high-voltage generators with extended lifetimes.

Upcycling leather waste

Renivaldo José dos Santos, Flávio Camargo Cabrera, Deuber Lincon da Silva Agostini, Eduardo Roque Budemberg, and Aldo Eloizo Job
10 October 2014
Incorporating contaminated leather waste into natural rubber improves the rubber's mechanical properties and avoids improper disposal of toxins.

High-shear-rate capillary rheology of polymer melts

An-Fu Chen, Han-Xiong Huang, and Wei-Sheng Guan
7 October 2014
Investigation into the high-shear-rate rheology of polystyrene, polypropylene, and linear low-density polyethylene melts yields their true viscosities and sheds light on their rheological behavior.

Improving the miscibility of polymer blends with nanoclays

Farkhondeh Hemmati, Hamid Garmabi, and Hamid Modarress
1 October 2014
Nanoclays are unique additives for polymer blends that not only reinforce them as nanofillers but also act as compatibilizers.

Increasing dispersion in polypropylene/natural clay nanocomposites

Vikas V. Gite and Pyus D. Tatiya
29 September 2014
Using a compatibilizer in the presence of hyperbranched polyester enables simpler and more cost-effective melt compounding of polypropylene/natural montmorillonite nanocomposites.

Reclaiming ground tire rubber at low temperatures: benefits and limitations

Krzysztof Formela, Magdalena Formela, and Józef Haponiuk
25 September 2014
Lower extrusion temperatures during rubber reclamation lead to a reduction in toxic degradation products and improve the mechanical properties of vulcanizates, at the expense of reduced processability.

Flame retardancy of halogen-free composites prepared by rapid heat cycle molding

Weihua Wang
23 September 2014
Adding glass fibers to polycarbonate/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene composites aggravates combustion by a ‘candlewick’ effect.

New biodegradable composites for food packaging

Mara Cunha, José A. Covas, Loïc Hilliou, Marie-Alix Berthet, Ricardo Pereira, and António A. Vicente
15 September 2014
Beer spent grain fibers are a biodegradable waste resource that forms breathable thin films by conventional extrusion film blowing under processing conditions scalable to industrial production.

Foaming mechanism and control in microcellular injection molding

Guo-Qun Zhao, Gui-Long Wang, Lei Zhang, and Jia-Chang Wang
8 September 2014
The formation mechanism of inner and external bubble morphology, and of the solid skin in microcellular injection molding, is elucidated and verified for effective bubble morphology control.

Green technology for modification of poly(vinyl chloride)

Yelena Kann
5 September 2014
Biodegradable poly(hydroxybutyrate) copolymers plasticize, toughen, improve processing, and reduce UV discoloration.