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Polymeric composite coatings enhance the wear resistance of mechanical components

Mahdi Khadem, Yu Anle, Won-Seok Lim, and Dae-Eun Kim
A polytetrafluoroethylene matrix, with inherently low friction, is reinforced with carbon nanotubes and fabricated as a surface coating.

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Investigating radiation effects in polymethacrylimide sandwich structure composites

Rafael J. Zaldivar, Aura Labatete-Goeppinger, Dhruv N. Patel, and James P. Nokes
27 September 2016
Upon radiation exposure, polymer fragmentation causes a sharp degradation in the mechanical and thermal properties of Rohacell foams.

Effect of molding conditions on properties of injection-molded polylactic acid parts

Felice De Santis, Valentina Volpe, and Roberto Pantani
22 September 2016
A post-molding stage, in which samples are kept at 105°C, is used to produce semi-crystalline samples in much shorter times than through standard injection into a hot mold.

Direct deposition of copper nanoparticles on poly(glycidyl methacrylate) beads

Sakvai Mohammed Safiullah, Kathikar Abdul Wasi, and Kottur Anver Basha
19 September 2016
A simple method is used to fabricate nanohybrids that serve as effective catalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol.

Alleviating mold adhesion during thermoplastic polyurethane injection molding

Jian-Yu Chen and Sheng-Jye Hwang
16 September 2016
Different surface treatment coatings for the core and cavity, which have distinctive morphologies, can be used to effectively reduce adhesion.

Recycling paper waste sludge in water-blown rigid polyurethane foams

Agnė Kairytė, Sigitas Vėjelis, Giedrius Balčiūnas, Mikelis Kirpluks, Aiga Ivdre, and Ugis Cabulis
14 September 2016
Thermal conductivity and mechanical strength measurements indicate that paper waste sludge particles can be used effectively as fillers in eco-polyol-based foams.

Novel microcellular foam injection-molding technology

Atsushi Yusa, Satoshi Yamamoto, Hideto Goto, Hiromasa Uezono, Long Wang, Shota Ishihara, and Masahiro Ohshima
12 September 2016
A simplified process for the production of microcellular foams demonstrates that pressurization of nitrogen or carbon dioxide to a supercritical state is unnecessary.

Reinforcing thermoplastic starch composites with cellulose nanofibers

Anuradha Rani, Sheetal Monga, Anupama Sharma, and Monica Prabhakar
9 September 2016
Cellulose from sugarcane bagasse can be used to improve the mechanical and barrier properties of bionanocomposites.

Interfacial nanoreinforcement improves bamboo fiber/polymer composites

Florent Gauvin and Mathieu Robert
6 September 2016
A fully biobased composite material, composed of bamboo fibers and a nanoparticle-reinforced bio-epoxy matrix, exhibits improved mechanical properties.

Microcellular injection-molded blends of polylactic acid and poly(ε-caprolactone)

Haibin Zhao, Guoqun Zhao, Xingru Yan, and Zhanhu Guo
30 August 2016
Enhancing the complex viscosity of polylactic acid/poly(ε-caprolactone) blends leads to better foaming behavior and pore microstructure.

Dipropylene glycol dibenzoate for improved poly(lactic acid) plasticization

Tong Wan and Yanyan Lin
25 August 2016
The influence of different plasticizer materials on the mechanical properties and storage stability of poly(lactic acid) films is studied.