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 •  April 24

Introducing a fibrillar morphology into a polymer blend enhances the adsorption and mechanical strength of the resultant composite. In the creation of a polymer blend, different polymer types are combined, resulting in a material with properties that are different from its constituent parts. Polymer blends are widely used today, particularly in...

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 •  April 23

Direct fiber feeding injection molding is an effective way of improving the mechanical properties of polymer/short fiber composites by enhancing the fiber length. Short-fiber-reinforced polymers (SFRPs) enjoy widespread use in the aerospace, automotive, and construction industries, among others, because they are affordable and easier to produce...

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 •  April 3

Simulations of the injection-molding process for long-fiber-reinforced thermoplastics enable the prediction of complex fiber behavior and can therefore be used to investigate the effect of screw type. In recent years, there has been a growing demand for green, lightweight material technologies, particularly for automotive applications.1, 2 Short...

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 •  March 30

SPE's 2018 regular election of the Executive Board was completed this past week. Those elected are: President-Elect Dr. Brian Landes, DowDuPont, Inc (elected to serve a 1 year term) VP Divisions Dr. Jason Lyons, Arkema, Inc (elected to serve a 2 year term) VP Sections Dr. Scott Eastman, United Technologies Research Center (elected to serve a 3 year...

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 •  March 29

Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer composites (also known as laminates for their fibrous layer structure) are valued for their high stiffness and strength-to-weight ratios, as well as their corrosion resistance. For this reason, the marine, aerospace, and aeronautic industries are increasingly replacing metallic structural components with their...

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 •  March 20

Polyamide 11 (PA11) is an increasingly important industrial polymer. Previous studies have shown that PA11 can develop different crystal polymorphs, depending on the cooling rate and crystallization temperature.1–11This has implications for injection molding, extrusion, and other polymer processing techniques where bulk properties ultimately result...

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 •  March 14

Organo-modified magnetic nanoparticles can be evenly dispersed within a fluoropolymer matrix by melt compounding for the development of transparent, heat-resistant, flexible nanocomposite films. When magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) are incorporated into polymeric matrices, they can improve the physical properties (e.g., chemical resistance,...

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 •  March 8

Press Release BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., March 1, 2018, 2018: At SPE’s ANTEC® 2018 @NPE2018 in May, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will introduce two new Honored Service Members who are being recognized for their contributions to the Society. ANTEC 2018 @NPE2018, the world’s largest plastics technical conference, will take place May 7-10 at the...

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 •  March 6

The global polyolefin market is expected to reach $348.31 billion by 2025, a 6.7 percent compound annual growth rate, according to Grand View Research Inc. Between 2017 and 2025, demand for polyolefins will grow from 149.78 million tons in 2016 at a 5.8 percent CAGR. “There has been a rise in usage of eco-friendly polyolefins that cause lower...

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 •  March 6

Technische Informationssysteme GmbH (T.I.G.) and iPlast 4.0 have entered into a partnership to expand T.I.G.’s reach in Asia, according to the two companies. The partnership presents an opportunity for T.I.G. to expand in Asia and ultimately extend to other parts of the world. “Due to the cooperation with iPlast 4.0 in Asia, we expect a rapid...