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Accurate characterization of moisture absorption in polymeric materials

Youssef K. Hamidi, Gorkem E. Guloglu, and M. Cengiz Altan
The importance of using the exact solution of the hindered diffusion model is demonstrated on experimental data from a nanoclay/epoxy composite.

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Simulating ultrasonic decrosslinking of crosslinked high-density polyethylene

Keyuan Huang and Avraam Isayev
16 January 2017
Process modeling results are validated with experimental twin-screw extrusion measurements.

Fabrication of electrically conductive and antibacterial biocomposite materials

Mohammad Taghi Satoungar, Saeid Fattahi, Mohammad Khajeh Mehrizi, and Hamed Azizi
13 January 2017
A direct electrospinning process was used to produce polylactic acid/silver nanowire fibers that exhibit a core–shell structure.

Enhancing the electrical conductivity of incompatible polymer blends

Soumya Mondal and Dipak Khastgir
11 January 2017
A novel two-step mixing process is investigated, in which carbon black fillers are added to a nitrile butadiene rubber/ethylene propylene diene monomer mixture in different sequences.

Forming process for carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic sheets

Daichi Tatsuno, Takeshi Yoneyama, Kiichirou Kawamoto, and Masayuki Okamoto
9 January 2017
A production process using a mechanical servo press shows promise for forming, trimming, and joining carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic sheets for the fabrication of automobile parts.

Crystalline polycarbonate articles fabricated by hot powder compaction

Abdul Salam Thelakkadan and Zahir Bashir
6 January 2017
The feasibility of a novel method is demonstrated by producing crystalline polycarbonate with a defined shape from polycarbonate for the first time.

Mechanical and crystal enhancements to polylactide with silver-nanoparticle filler

Jesús Bautista-Del-Ángel, Ana B. Morales-Cepeda, Tomas Lozano-Ramírez, Saúl Sanchez, Shahir Karami, and Pierre Lafleur
4 January 2017
Processing poly(lactic acid) with low concentrations of silver using a twin-screw extruder leads to nanocomposites with enhanced crystallinity and improved mechanical properties.

Novel preparation technique for polycarbonate/titanium dioxide nanocomposites

Daniel José da Silva
27 December 2016
The mechanical and thermal stability characteristics of bisphenol-A polycarbonate/electrospun titanium dioxide nanofiber samples, produced via molten-state mixing, are presented.

Depolymerization of terephthalic acid using hot compressed water

Zhiyan Pan, Junliang Wang, and Ke Bei
23 December 2016
Investigations into the phase behavior, stability, and the mechanism for stability of terephthalic acid in hot compressed water may enable more effective recycling of polybutylene terephthalate.

Liquid-crystal-functionalized carbon nanotubes improve nanocomposite properties

Dayong Gui, Weijian Xiong, Xue Gao, Xueqing Cai, Guiming Tan, and Jianhong Liu
21 December 2016
The addition of carbon nanotubes, functionalized with 4′-allyloxy-biphenyl-4-ol, to silicone resin improves the mechanical and thermal properties of the resultant nanocomposites.

Characterizing the bulk viscosity of polypropylene melt

Prapol Chivapornthip and Erik L. J. Bohez
19 December 2016
Uniaxial compression experiments show that the bulk viscosity has a higher magnitude than shear viscosity and should therefore not be neglected during flow analysis of the injection-molding process.