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Hydroforming of Composite Materials

IntroductionIn hydroforming, a metal blank is formed into a desired shape with the use of fluid pressure impinging on the blank which in turn impinges on a die that gives the blank its final shape. Hydroforming has a number of advantages when compared to other shaping processes, including reduced tooling cost, increased drawability, and enhanced stability....
Published: 6/14/2011   |   Inventor(s): Farhang Pourboghrat, Michael Zampaloni, Andre Benard
Keywords(s): Automotive, Composites Category(s): Materials

Hybrid PVC/Wood-Flour Nanocomposites and Method of Manufacture

IntroductionThe Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) industry is moving towards using more petroleum-free components for WPC blends, while attempting to retain or improve performance of their products. Wood plastic composite products have strength and stiffness properties that are somewhere between plastic and wood, and do not offer mechanical performance similar...
Published: 10/8/2010   |   Inventor(s): Laurent Matuana, Abu Omar Faruk
Keywords(s): Composites, Coupling Agent, Nanoclay, Organoclay, Polymers, Polyvinyl Chloride Category(s): Chemicals, Materials

Environmentally Friendly Epoxy

IntroductionEpoxies are thermosetting polymers formed through the combination of a resin and a hardener. They are extensively used for coatings, for adhesives, and as a base for composite materials. Epoxies are recognized for their versatility, high tensile strength, and high temperature resistance. However, due to environmental and health concerns,...
Published: 9/24/2010   |   Inventor(s): Lawrence Drzal, Seong ok Han
Keywords(s): Biocomposite, Composites, Epoxy, Glucose Copolymer, Resin Category(s): Chemicals, Materials