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Self-healing plastic 'skin' feels touch
Stanford University via Futurity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new type of synthetic "skin" is the first material that can both sense subtle pressure and heal itself when torn or cut. The advance, described in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, could lead to smarter prosthetics or resilient personal electronics that repair themselves. The researchers succeeded by combining two ingredients — the self-healing ability of a plastic polymer and the conductivity of a metal. More



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Rheological understanding of polymer-filler interactions
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The rheological properties of polymer melts are of great importance because the viscoelasticity of a material must often be tailored to meet specific process and application requirements. Filled composites exhibit a wide range of viscoelastic properties, dependent on interfacial interactions and how the filler is dispersed in the polymer matrix. Using a nanofiller instead of a microfiller significantly alters the rheology because the much larger surface area of nanoparticles gives rise to different filler-filler and/or polymer-filler interactions. More

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Mechanical properties and failure modes of polymer-matrix-composite laminates
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Polymer-matrix-composite laminates are one of the most advanced composites, widely used not only in the weight-sensitive aerospace industry, but also in marine, armor, automobile and civil engineering applications. Specifically, woven fabric-reinforced composites are finding increasing use in high-performance structural applications because of their in-plane balanced properties, enhanced fracture toughness, impact resistance and damage tolerance. More


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Port of New Orleans nears deal to create 'mega plastics district'
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The Port of New Orleans' plan to create a "mega plastics district" along the Industrial Canal is nearing completion, according to a recent report. Transportation Consultants Inc., through a partnership with the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, will add capacity for up to 400 rail cars to the plastics district. More



All-olefin instrument panel wins SPE grand award
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An all-olefin full instrument panel using contour stitching won the grand award in the Society of Plastics Engineer's annual automotive innovation awards competition. Winners were announced at a banquet in Livonia, Mich. The new IP approach is used on the 2013 General Motors midsize crossover vehicles: Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Chevy Traverse. More


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For the Bank of Canada's new $20 bill, plastic is fantastic
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The Bank of Canada has one word when it comes to making new bank notes: plastics. Well, to be honest, they prefer to say polymer. But it's the same thing. And there really is a great future in it. Canadians are about to see for themselves with the new $20 bill recently launched into circulation. On the subject of shopping bags, environmentalists bicker over which is best — paper or plastic? But there's no debate on bank notes: plastic's fantastic. More



Octal ramping up PET resin and sheet production
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With an investment of more $600 million in just over four years, Octal Petrochemicals Fzc LLC is expecting a big payback from its four proprietary reactors that make PET bottle resin as well as its PET sheet that is made directly from molten PET, using significantly less energy than traditional processes. More


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Stronger than a speeding bullet
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Providing protection against impacts from bullets and other high-speed projectiles is more than just a matter of brute strength. While traditional shields have been made of bulky materials such as steel, newer body armor made of lightweight material such as Kevlar has shown that thickness and weight are not necessary for absorbing the energy of impacts. A new study has shown that even lighter materials may be capable of doing the job just as effectively. More



'Nanowelding' taken to the limits as specific bonds are cut and formed
Chemistry World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a remarkable demonstration of the extreme limits of nanoscale engineering, researchers from the U.S. and China have used the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope to cleave and form selected chemical bonds on a complex molecule. The work marks another step along the road of ever-increasing control of single-molecule manipulations. More


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PolyOne margins expand thanks to plastics innovation
Investor's Business Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A number of plastics companies are using 21st century innovation and technology to push the industry into new areas of growth. One of those companies is PolyOne. It makes specialized polymer materials for the plastics industry, everything from PVC resins and biodegradable color concentrates to high-density compounds as strong as metal. More



WoodForce tackles glass as plastic reinforcement
Plastics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's a new player in the rapidly emerging field of engineered wood-reinforced plastic compounds for durable goods applications. The Sonae Industria Group, a French wood products company, plans to build production capacity for its WoodForce material in North America and Asia, although no timetable has yet been established. More

US plastic container demand to hit $32 billion in 2016
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U.S. demand for plastic containers will grow an average of 4.9 percent annually through 2016, as the market recovers from the 2007-09 recession, according to a new market study. Growth will be moderated by a deceleration in bottled water growth and the lack of near areas for large-scale conversions from metal or glass. More

 
 

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