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Polyacrylamide-montmorillonite composite with improved properties

Tian-Hong Zhao, Ji-Yue Xing, Wan-Fen Pu, Zhi-Ming Dong, Cheng-Dong Yuan, Fa-Yang Jin, Guo-Feng Peng, and Ji-Jia Xia
The high water absorption rates and poor long-term stability in high salinity of polymer-montmorillonite composites are ameliorated by introducing a polymerizable cationic hydrophobic monomer.

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Investigating the properties of self-reinforced polymer composites

Lucia Marsich and Alessio Ferluga
29 April 2016
Peel strength tests, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry are used to investigate the properties of two commercial self-reinforced polymer composites.

Predicting viscosity and relaxation modulus of polymers

Huimin Li and Boming Zhang
26 April 2016
The novel ‘viscosity-cure’ shift factor is used to model the rheological and stress relaxation behavior of epoxy resin during the curing process.

Biodegradation properties of poly(butylene succinate) and chitosan nanocomposites

Vikas Mittal, Fakhruddin Patwary, and Nadejda Matsko
25 April 2016
Soil burial tests, conducted under natural conditions, were used to investigate the biodegradability of bio-nanocomposites containing silica, silicate, and graphene reinforcements.

Reinforcing thermoplastic vulcanizates with ground tire rubber

Francisco Hernández, Ernesto Hernández, and Florentino Soriano
22 April 2016
Acid surface treatment produces an increase in surface area of 896% and increases the Young's modulus of composites by up to 207%.

Improving styrene-butadiene rubber with functionalized titanium dioxide

Sung Ho Song
15 April 2016
Oleic acid-functionalized titanium dioxide nanoparticles are used to produce a new styrene-butadiene rubber nanocomposite material with excellent mechanical properties, photostability and thermostability.

Carbide slag as a filler in poly(vinyl chloride)/wood composites

Shenghui Tian and Hui He
13 April 2016
Using an industrial waste as an inorganic filler in plastic/wood composites improves the fire and mechanical properties of the material, as well as reducing its financial and environmental cost.

Foamcore blow-molded structural components for transportation applications

Steve Sopher
8 April 2016
A novel process combines traditional blow molding with an injection-molded low-density particle foam core for the fabrication of structural parts in the automotive and related industries.

High-strain-rate testing of reinforced polyetherether ketone

Stuart Brown and Jorgen Bergstrom
6 April 2016
A variety of techniques are used to test and understand how fiber-filled thermoplastics behave when impacted or subjected to high rates of deformation.

Highly flame retardant green composites using seashells

Hesham Moustafa, Nabila A. Darwish, Sophie Duquesne, and Ahmed M. Youssef
31 March 2016
Using ground seashell as a biofiller in an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene copolymer increases flame retardance.

Novel nanotube reinforcers for safer polyamide-6-based nanocomposites

Seyed M. R. Paran, Ghasem Naderi, and Mir H. R. Ghoreishy
29 March 2016
Inclusion of both pristine and surface-activated halloysite nanotubes gives rise to good physical and mechanical properties of the resultant plastics.