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14839 – Polymeric foam utilizing nanoclays in the polymeric matrix. Various polymeric foams, such as polyvinyl chloride foam (PVC), polyurethane foam, polyimide foam, Styrofoam, etc., are used to manufacture components for insulation, plumbing, adhesives, and duct work. Currently available polymeric foams carry a considerable amount of health and safety risks, and most have been designated as... Read More
15271 – A facile approach for obtaining carbide-bonded graphene coatings on a variety of metallic and nonmetallic substrates. Despite the many attractive features of graphene, the lack of atomic bonds between graphene and substrates and among graphene nanosheets has limited its potential applications. Although theoretical considerations predict that covalent bonds between graphene nanosheets... Read More
29981 – Designs and manufacturing methods for lightweight hyper-damping materials providing large attenuation of broadband frequency structure borne sound. Damping materials provide energy attenuation solutions for a variety of commercial applications. These materials are prominently used in the auto and aerospace industries and are also found in conventional building practices, such as... Read More
37386 – A novel method to increase thermal efficiency infrared absorption and bulk density of polystyrene foams. Blowing agents create a cellular structure from a liquid plastic resin and, in certain cases, function as an insulating component of the foam. Hydrogen-containing chlorofluorocarbons and fluorocarbons are common blowing agents in the foam industry for extrusion forming of... Read More
37388 – A method to combine the advantages of both fiber reinforced plastics and polymer nanocomposites to produce a superior composite material. Dispersion of nanoparticles into fiber reinforced plastics (FRPs) produces superior composites. Current methods face two problems: (1) best practices to disperse nanoparticles FRPs are not defined and (2) methods to maintain resin processability in... Read More
37400 – A novel method to bond polymer composites without the use of heat or organic solvents. Application of either heat or organic solvents is critical to convert solid materials to fluids. For many applications, particularly biomedical products, high temperature and organic solvents may denature critical biomolecules. Residue of organic solvents may also cause severe contamination. In... Read More
37577 – A new resin gas-assisted injection technique, which can achieve both bonding and surface modification of microfluidic devices The application of microfluidic platforms is limited because the materials and production methods are too expensive, and the material properties induce problems, such as a lack of optical clarity and low impact strength. Packaging (i.e. sealing a device with a... Read More