BIO4SELF aims at fully biobased self-reinforced polymer composites (SRPC). To produce the SRPCs two polylactic acid (PLA) grades are required: a low melting temperature (Tm) one to form the matrix and...
Article - 7 Nov 2003
Thermopole is a new polymer-based lamp post that reduces the impact force absorbed by a vehicle and driver during a collision. Properties and advantages of the product are outlined. Posted November 5...
Article - 15 May 2003
With increasing demand on manufacturers for recycling of composites, in particular automotive composites, technology has been developed by the University of Leeds to assist in this area. The...
Article - 10 Sep 2002
Hand lay or contact moulding was the first process used to produce polymer matrix composites. It is still used for low volume and large part production as well as prototyping. Tooling, the process and...
Article - 6 Jun 2002
Typical properties of fibre reinforced polymers are outlined as well as those that can be modified/improved through composition changes. Properties of E-glass fibre and woven roving reinforced...
Article - 5 Jun 2002
Additives can provide a third phase to polymer matrix composites in addition to the reinforcement and matrix phases. Such materials may include fillers, fire retardants or external additives which can...
Article - 30 Nov 2001
Biaxial testing is a method that can assess how polymer matrix composites will perform under complex load situations.
Article - 1 Jun 2007
Geopolymers are materials similar to Portland cement but made from natural aluminosilicates. Geopolymers made from industrial byproducts like flyash and blast furnace slag may be used to encase...
Article - 12 Sep 2003
Mercedes have taken the wraps off their SLR McLaren supercar capable of 334km/h. Advanced materials such as ceramic and polymer matrix composites are in part responsible for it high levels of...
Article - 27 Feb 2002
If the structure of carbon fullerenes and buckytubes is not fascinating enough, add their amazing properties. Many of these stem from their defect free structure. Mechanical, thermal and electrical...