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Study Findings on Applied Polymer Science Are Outlined in Reports from Indian Institute of Technology

February 4, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Researchers detail new data in Applied Polymer Science. According to news reporting out of Kharagpur, India, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "Fly ash (FA) based polymer composites are assuming increasing importance because of its potentiality, fine particle size and plenty availability of FA. FA is mainly a mixture of inorganic metal oxides such as SiO2, Al2O3, Fe2O3, CaO, MgO, Na2O, TiO2, and so forth."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Indian Institute of Technology, "This article highlights the results of the various modifications onto the HDPE-FA/nano structured FA (NFA) composites. When FA and NFA are melt blended with HDPE it gives rise to improved flexural properties only. Further modifications, that is, Maleic anhydride (MA) grafting of the matrix, electron beam irradiation of the composite and irradiation of the FA/NFA studied separately to find their impact on the detail properties of the composite. Of the three modifications implemented the electron beam irradiation of HDPE-FA/NFA composite yielded excellent physico-mechanical, thermal and dynamic mechanical properties. Fracture surface analysis of the HDPE, unmodified and modified FA/NFA composites studied employing SEM correlated well with the physico-mechanical properties."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The results prove that FA is valuable reinforcing filler for HDPE and its size reduction to nano level is a more effective criterion for its future use."

For more information on this research see: HDPE-Fly Ash/Nano Fly Ash Composites. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2013;130(6):4558-4567. Journal of Applied Polymer Science can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell -; Journal of Applied Polymer Science -

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S. Satapathy, Indian Inst Technol, Dept. of Chem, Kharagpur 721302, W Bengal, India. Additional authors for this research include G.B. Nando, A. Nag and K. Raju.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, India, Kharagpur, Applied Polymer Science

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