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Novel Electroactive Polymer-based Flow Sensors for Automotive Systems

Description of TechnologyMichigan State University’s sensing technology enables potential commercial applications in a broad range of industrial applications where information is needed on a combination of fluid/gas flow rates (e.g., in a line), along with the real-time density/viscosity variation of those fluids or gases. The invention uses electroactive...
Published: 4/25/2011   |   Inventor(s): Guoming Zhu, Xiaobo Tan, David Hung
Keywords(s): 3D Cursor, Automotive, Engine Control Module, Ethanol, Mass Air Flow Sensor, Polymers Category(s): Mechanical, Electrical, Devices

Nanoclay Modification and Compound Formulation for Foaming Linear Polypropylene

IntroductionLinear polypropylene is not ideal for making foams for sealing purposes due to poor melt strength. The attempts to overcome this limitation by cross-linking a portion of the linear polymer or by adding a long chained branched polymer have resulted in unwanted side effects, such as a reduction in recyclability. Additionally, long chain branched...

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

Higher Efficiency Process for Preparing Clays for Use in Nanocomposites

IntroductionPolymer-clay nanocomposites are used in such applications as packaging films, containers, automobile trim and injection-molded components. Homostructured mixed ion clays used in such nanocomposites require a relatively slow and complicated process to be prepared. The existing process for preparing homoionic organoclays (a critical component...
Published: 9/23/2010   |   Inventor(s): Thomas Pinnavaia, Zhen Wang
Keywords(s): Homostructured, Intercalation, Layered Silicates, Nanocomposites, Polymers Category(s): Chemicals, Mechanical, Nanotechnology