Journal of Applied Polymer Science Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Wiley

Journal description

The Journal of Applied Polymer Science reports progress and significant results in the systematic practical application of polymer science. Areas of focus include plastics and their composites blends elastomers films and membranes fibers coatings and adhesives studies of emulsions and latices aging of polymers structural property-processing relationships extrusion and molding diffusion and permeability.

Current impact factor: 1.64

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.64
2012 Impact Factor 1.395
2011 Impact Factor 1.289
2010 Impact Factor 1.24
2009 Impact Factor 1.203
2008 Impact Factor 1.187
2007 Impact Factor 1.008
2006 Impact Factor 1.306
2005 Impact Factor 1.072
2004 Impact Factor 1.021
2003 Impact Factor 1.017
2002 Impact Factor 0.927
2001 Impact Factor 0.992
2000 Impact Factor 0.881
1999 Impact Factor 0.952
1998 Impact Factor 0.886
1997 Impact Factor 0.841
1996 Impact Factor 0.934
1995 Impact Factor 0.896
1994 Impact Factor 0.87
1993 Impact Factor 0.966
1992 Impact Factor 0.969

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.53
Cited half-life 8.30
Immediacy index 0.28
Eigenfactor 0.05
Article influence 0.32
Website Journal of Applied Polymer Science website
Other titles Journal of applied polymer science (Online), Journal of applied polymer science
ISSN 1097-4628
OCLC 38145842
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: To improve the flowability of waxy crude oil containing a high concentration of asphaltenes (AS), novel comb-type copolymers of poly(maleic acid polyethylene glycol ester-co--octadecene) (PMAC) and poly(maleic acid aniline amide-co--octadecene) (AMAC) with various grafting ratios (Rg) of PEG/aniline to maleic anhydride are synthesized. Model oils containing wax mixtures and AS are prepared to explore the effect of asphaltene concentration and the copolymers on the yield stress. The influence of the copolymers on the wax appearance temperature (WAT) of Liaohe high waxy oil is examined by rheological and microscopic methods. Experimental flow curves of shear stress as a function of shear rate are fitted following the Casson model to interpret the rheological properties of gelled waxy crude oil in the presence of AMACs, PMACs, and MAC. Compared with MAC, PMACs, and AMACs are more efficient in reducing the yield stress of both model oil and crude oil, which indicates a better flowability. It is found that PMAC1.0 and AMAC1.0 with a medium Rg can balance the interaction of copolymers with waxes and AS and reduce the yield stress much more than others. Between them, AMAC1.0 that possesses aromatic pendants is better than PMAC1.0, which only has polar pendants. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41660.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1002/app.41660
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    ABSTRACT: Antibacterial activity against Gram-negative bacteria of polypyrrole-coated fabrics has been demonstrated in the past. In this work, biocidal efficacy of polypyrrole has been evaluated against Gram-positive bacteria on textiles with different polypyrrole loading. Excellent bacterial reduction (≥99%) was found on cotton fabrics containing more than ∼9 wt % of polypyrrole. Polypyrrole loading can be greatly reduced in presence of silver. Silver-containing fabrics used in this work alone does not guarantee a complete biocidal effect, but the addition of just 2 wt % of polypyrrole showed a bacteria reduction of 99%. Moreover, stability to different washing procedures of the antibacterial activity was evaluated. Fabrics were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, and infrared spectroscopy. Stability of the coating was assessed by abrasion tests. PPy showed excellent fastness to abrasion. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41670.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1002/app.41670
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    ABSTRACT: By adjusting the molar ratios of antistatic monomer of octyl phenol ethylene oxide acrylate (denoted as AS), rigid monomer of methyl methacrylate (denoted as MMA), and flame-retardant monomer of 2-(phosphoryloxymethyl oxyethylene) acrylate (denoted as FR), a series of flame-retardant antistatic copolymers poly (octyl phenol ethylene oxide acrylate-co-methyl methacrylate-co-phosphoryloxymethyl oxyethylene acrylate) (donated as AMF) were synthesized through radical polymerization. Among the obtained copolymers, two copolymers, AMF162 (the feed molar ratio of AS, MMA, and FR as 1 : 6 : 2) and AMF1104 (the feed molar ratio of AS, MMA, and FR as 1 : 10 : 4) with different concentrations were added into polypropylene (PP) to prepare PP-AMF162 and PP-AMF1104 series of composites. The thermal stability, limiting oxygen index, the antistatic property, and mechanical properties of PP composites were tested and analyzed. PP-AMF162 series composites have excellent antistatic effect. When the AMF162 content was equal to or <15 wt %, the impact strength of PP-AMF162 composites was higher than that of pure PP. The results indicated that copolymer AMF162 was a suitable flame-retardant and antistatic additive for PP. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41677.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1002/app.41677
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    ABSTRACT: A novel method of grafting styrene onto linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) by suspension polymerization was systematically evaluated. Cyclohexane as a compatibilizer was introduced to swell and activate the surface of LLDPE molecular chain for amplifying the contact point of styrene monomer with LLDPE. A series of copolymer of grafting polystyrene (PS) onto LLDPE, known as LLDPE-g-PS, were prepared with different ratios of cyclohexane/styrene monomer and various LLDPE dosages. FTIR and 1H NMR techniques both confirmed successful PS grafting onto the LLDPE chains. In addition, SEM images of LLDPE-g-PS particles showed that the cross-section morphology becomes smooth and dense with suitable cyclohexane dosages, indicating a better compatibility between LLDPE and PS. The highest grafting efficiency was 28.4% at 10 mL/g cyclohexane and styrene monomer when 8% LLDPE was added. In these conditions, the LLDPE-g-PS elongation at break increased by about 30 times compared with PS. Moreover, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) demonstrated that LLDPE-g-PS possesses much higher thermal stability than pure PS. Therefore, the optimal amount of cyclohexane as compatibilizer could increase the grafting efficiency and improve the toughness of PS. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41671.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1002/app.41671
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    ABSTRACT: Poly(ether sulfone) flat-sheet membranes were fabricated via phase inversion with different nonsolvent mixtures. The effect of the nonsolvent water with the addition of various amounts of ethanol, acetone, or isopropyl alcohol on the membrane morphology (as measured with scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy) and the filtration performance were investigated. For the statistical evaluation of the fabrication process, on average, six membranes were produced. The pure water flux (PWF) and macromolecule retention were determined via filtration experiments. The presence of coagulation additives resulted in modified precipitation kinetics and thermodynamics, yielded different membrane structures, and therefore, influenced the performance. The results show that the addition of ethanol, acetone, and isopropyl alcohol in low concentrations (up to 10%) to water led to an increasing PWF. Higher concentrations led to a decrease in PWF. For high concentrations (>30%), a change in the membrane morphology from fingerlike to spongelike structures was expected, and this was experimentally proven for the case of ethanol. One main finding was the similarity of the influence of the used additives on the membrane performance. This was to be expected from Flory–Huggins theory for additives with high water miscibility; hence, under these circumstances, entropic and not energetic reasoning dominated the phase-inversion process. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41645.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 11/2015; DOI:10.1002/app.41645
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    ABSTRACT: The effect of enzyme-catalyzed modification of poly(ethersulfone) (PES) on the adhesion and biofilm formation of two Listeria monocytogenes strains is evaluated under static and dynamic flow conditions. PES has been modified with gallic acid, ferulic acid and 4-hydroxybenzoic acid. The surfaces modified with any of these compounds show up to 70% reduced adhesion of L. monocytogenes under static conditions and up to 95% under dynamic flow conditions compared with unmodified surfaces. Also, under static conditions the formation of biofilms is reduced by ∼70%. These results indicate that the brush structures that are formed by the polymers on the PES surface directly influence the ability of microorganisms to interact with the surface, thereby reducing attachment and biofilm formation of L. monocytogenes. Based on these results, it is expected that enzyme-catalyzed surface modification is a promising tool to reduce microbial adhesion and biofilm formation. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41576.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(10). DOI:10.1002/app.41576
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    ABSTRACT: Anion exchange membranes (AEM) are solid polymer electrolytes that facilitate ion transport in fuel cells. In this study, a polystyrene-b-poly(vinylbenzyl trimethylammonium) diblock copolymer was evaluated as potential AEM and compared with the equivalent homopolymer blend. The diblock had a 92% conversion of reactive sites with an IEC of 1.72 ± 0.05 mmol g−1, while the blend had a 43% conversion for an IEC of 0.80 ± 0.03 mmol g−1. At 50°C and 95% relative humidity, the chloride conductivity of the diblock was higher, 24–33 mS cm−1, compared with the blend, 1–6 mS cm−1. The diblock displayed phase separation on the length scale of 100 nm, while the blend displayed microphase separation (∼10 μm). Mechanical characterization of films from 40 to 90 microns thick found that elasticity and elongation decreased with the addition of cations to the films. At humidified conditions, water acted as a plasticizer to increase film elasticity and elongation. While the polystyrene-based diblock displayed sufficient ionic conductivity, the films' mechanical properties require improvement, i.e., greater elasticity and strength, before use in fuel cells. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41596.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(10). DOI:10.1002/app.41596
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    ABSTRACT: Novel composite film was synthesized by TiO2 doping into phosphomolybdic acid (PMoA)/polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) system. The influence of TiO2 doping on its microstructure and photochromic properties was investigated via atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscope, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), ultraviolet–visible spectra, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). After TiO2 doping, the surface of TiO2/PMoA/PVP composite film changed to rough from smooth, and the particle size significantly increased. The FT-IR results verified that the basic structure of PMoA and PVP were not destroyed in the composite films. The non-bonded interaction between the acid and polymer was strengthened by TiO2 doping. Irradiated with UV light, composite films changed from colorless to blue. The TiO2/PMoA/PVP composite film exhibited a strong photochromic effect and faster bleaching reaction than that of PMoA/PVP film. XPS results indicated that the amount of PMoA in photo-reductive reaction was increased after TiO2 doping, which resulted in the photochromic efficiencies enhanced. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41583.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(10). DOI:10.1002/app.41583
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    ABSTRACT: This article describes the preparation and characterization of hybrid materials obtained from the polymerization of vinyl-substituted zirconium oxo-clusters [Zr6O4(OH)4(OOCCH2CHCH2)12(n-PrOH)]2·4(CH2CHCH2COOH) (Zr12) and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA). The zirconium oxo-clusters serve as cross-linking agents, forming a 3D network by means of the copolymerization of their vinylic ligands with HEMA. To optimize the conditions for cross-linking, the polymerization was monitored with a differential scanning calorimeter. The resulting hybrid materials were also characterized using thermo-mechanical techniques. There was evidence not only of a greater rigidity above Tg, but also of a better thermal stability for several hybrid formulations than for simple poly-2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate. After immersion in water, the hybrids containing 20 or 60% w/w zirconium oxo-clusters also showed a stable behavior with an equilibrium swelling at about 27 and 18% w/w of water, respectively. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41568.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(9). DOI:10.1002/app.41568
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    ABSTRACT: In the present study, an attempt has been made to improve cell supportive property of chitosan/nano beta tri-calcium phosphate (β-TCP) composite scaffolds by modification of scaffold surface with fibrin using ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodimide (EDC) as crosslinking agent. The developed fibrin conjugated chitosan/nano β-TCP composite scaffolds possess desired pore size and porosity in the range of 45–151 µm and 81.4 ± 4.1%, respectively. No significant change in compressive strength of scaffolds was observed before and after fibrin conjugation. The calculated compressive strength of fibrin conjugated and non-conjugated chitosan/nano β-TCP scaffolds are 2.71 ± 0.14 MPa and 2.67 ± 0.11 MPa, respectively. Results of cell culture study have further shown an enhanced cell attachment, cell number, proliferation, differentiation, and mineralization on fibrin conjugated chitosan/nano β-TCP scaffold. The uniform cell distribution over the scaffold surface and cell infiltration into the scaffold pores were assessed by confocal laser scanning microscopy. Furthermore, higher expression of osteogenic specific genes such as bone sialo protein, osteonectin, alkaline phosphatase, and osteocalcin (OC) on fibrin conjugated scaffolds was observed when compared to scaffolds without fibrin. Altogether, results indicate the potentiality of developed fibrin conjugated composite scaffolds for bone tissue engineering applications. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41534.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(9). DOI:10.1002/app.41534
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    ABSTRACT: Poly(acrylamide/dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride) (PAD) samples were synthesized via solution polymerization. Hydrolyzed poly(acrylamide/dimethyl diallyl ammonium chloride) (HPAD) was prepared with NaOH as a hydrolyzation agent. Both PAD and HPAD were characterized by IR and NMR spectroscopy. Na2SO3 was added to slow down the decomposition of HPAD under elevated temperatures. The rheological and filtrate properties of the drilling fluids were investigated in saltwater mud. We found that 30 wt % NaCl hampered those properties. Increasing HPAD's percentage in the clay suspensions reduced the filtrate volumes and whereas increased the viscosities. A greater amount of HPAD added to the saltwater mud resulted in a smaller particle medium size and caused the ζ potential to move toward a less negative value. The hydrolysis degree of HPAD needed to be controlled in a proper range to optimize the reduction in filtration. Scanning electron microscopy photos showed that HPAD was distributed in the surface of the high-temperature and high-pressure filter cake as bridges. The drilling fluids with 3.5 wt % HPAD had an excellent tolerance to 30 wt % NaCl and a temperature of 200°C. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41581.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(10). DOI:10.1002/app.41581
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    ABSTRACT: Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane containing 9,10-dihydro-9-oxa-10-phosphaphenanthrene-10-oxide (DP) was used to flame-retard 4,4′-bismaleimidophenyl methane (BDM)/2,2′-dially bisphenol A (DBA) resins, and the integrated properties of the resins were investigated. The fire resistance of BDM/DBA resins containing DP was analyzed by limiting oxygen index (LOI) and vertical burning (UL94) tests. The results show that DP increased the LOI of the resins from 25.3 to 38.5%. The BDM/DBA resins were evaluated to have a UL-94 V-1 rating, which did not satisfy the high standards of industry. On the other hand, BDM/DBA containing DP achieved a UL-94 V-0 rating. The thermal stability and char formation were studied by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. TGA and scanning electron microscopy–energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry measurements demonstrated that the DP resulted in an increase in the char yield and the formation of the thermally stable carbonaceous char. The results of Raman spectroscopy showed that the DP enhanced the graphitization degree of the resin during combustion. Moreover, the modified BDM/DBA resins exhibited improved dielectric properties. Specifically, the dielectric constant and loss at 1 MHz of the BDM/DBA/15% DP resin were 3.11 and 0.008, respectively, only about 93 and 73% of those of the BDM/DBA resin. All of the investigations showed that DP was an effective additive for developing high-performance resins with attractive flame-retardant and dielectric properties. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41545.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(9). DOI:10.1002/app.41545
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    ABSTRACT: A two-step direct melt copolymerization process of l-lactic acid (L-LA)/glycolic acid (GA) was developed: poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) and poly(glycolic acid) (PGA) with different molecular weight was first synthesized respectively by binary catalyst (tin chloride/p-toluenesulfonic or tin chloride); and then poly(l-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (b-PLGA) was produced by melt polymerization of the as-prepared PLLA and PGA, wherein the composition and chain structure of b-PLGA copolymers could be controlled by the molecular weight of PLLA. The chain structure and thermal properties of copolymers were studied by Wide-angle X-ray diffraction, nuclear magnetic resonance, differential scanning calorimetry, and thermogravimetric analysis. In comparison with the random PLGA (r-PLGA) synthesized by one-step direct melt polymerization, the average l-lactic blocks length (LLA) in b-PLGA was longer while the average glycolic blocks length (LGA) in b-PLGA was shorter which further resulted in the improved crystallinity and thermostability. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41566.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(9). DOI:10.1002/app.41566
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    ABSTRACT: A novel silicone-containing macromolecular charring agent (Si-MCA) was synthesized via polycondensation, and it was combined with ammonium polyphosphate (APP) to flame retard polypropylene (PP). The results showed that Si-MCA exhibited a good synergistic effect with APP in flame retardant PP. When the content of APP was 18.7 wt % and Si-MCA was 6.3 wt %, the limiting oxygen index value of the PP/APP/Si-MCA composite was 33.5%, and the vertical burning (UL 94) test classed a V-0 rating. The peak heat release rate, total heat release, average mass loss rate, and total smoke production of the composite were also decreased significantly. Moreover, the PP/APP/Si-MCA composite showed an outstanding water resistance. After soaking in 70°C water for 168 h, the PP/APP/Si-MCA composite could still reach a UL 94 V-0 rating at 20.0 wt % IFR loading, whereas the PP/APP/PER composite failed to pass the UL 94 test even at 25.0 wt % IFR loading. Thermogravimetric analysis, thermogravimetry-Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, and scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry results revealed that a compact and thermostable intumescent char was formed by APP/Si-MCA during burning, thus effectively improved the flame retardancy of PP. The possible synergistic mechanism between APP and Si-MCA was also discussed. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41580.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(10). DOI:10.1002/app.41580
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    ABSTRACT: During hemodialysis bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in contaminated dialysate solution may translocate across the hollow fiber membrane (HFM) to a patient's blood, resulting in fever and possible systemic shock. This study investigates LPS transfer across, and adsorption within, native and modified Fresenius Optiflux® F200NRe polysulfone (PS)/polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) HFMs. Modifications include varied PVP content, addition of a PS-poly(ethylene glycol) copolymer (PS-PEG), and bleach sterilization. Under clinically relevant flow conditions LPS from >400 EU mL−1 spiked dialysate is not detected (<0.1 EU mL−1) in the lumens of native fibers, but is detected to varying degrees (0.2–15 EU mL−1) in the lumens of the modified fibers. Fluorescently labeled LPS predominantly adsorbs near the lumen of all membranes except the PS-PEG containing membrane, where LPS localizes on the outer wall. Thus, addition of PS-PEG may entrap LPS in the HFM spongy matrix, away from the blood-contacting fiber lumen. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41550.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(21). DOI:10.1002/app.41550
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    ABSTRACT: A series of thermally stable lanthanum organic montmorillonites (La-OMMTs) were successfully prepared by modifying Na-MMT with anionic surfactants and lanthanum chloride. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction indicated that the anionic surfactants resided in the interlayer spaces and expanded the MMT basal spacing from 1.23 nm to 3.3 nm. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA) results showed that the intercalation of sodium dodecyl sulfonate into the lanthanum organic MMT resulted in its excellent thermal stability. The use of the La-OMMT samples in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins was tested, and the TG/DTG results revealed that the three La-OMMTs could significantly enhance the thermal stability of PVC. The modified La-OMMT with the highest thermal stability is expected to be useful in polymer/layered silicate nanocomposites. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41535.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(9). DOI:10.1002/app.41535
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    ABSTRACT: This article presents an experimental study aiming to explore the relationship among rheological properties, flow characteristics in porous media, and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) performance of three typical EOR polymers. The results suggest that xanthan gum exhibits a very pronounced shear-thinning behavior, which is probably also the reason explaining its moderate adsorption extent within porous media (thickness of adsorbed layer, e = 3.1 μm). The advanced viscoelastic properties coupled with the less adsorption extent compared to the hydrophobically modified copolymer (HMSPAM) allow xanthan gum to establish a “piston-like” displacement pattern and lead up to 49.4% original oil in place (OOIP) of the cumulative oil recovery during polymer flooding. Regarding HMSPAM, the significant permeability reduction of the porous media induced by multilayer adsorption (e = 5.6 μm) results in much higher drive forces (ΔP) in the extended waterflooding stage, which further raises the cumulative oil recovery by 18.5% OOIP. In general, xanthan gum and HMSPAM totally produced 84% OOIP which is 15% higher than the extensively used EOR polymer, hydrolyzed polyacrylamide (HPAM), under the same experimental conditions. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41598.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(10). DOI:10.1002/app.41598
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    ABSTRACT: The influence of the distribution type, Young's modulus, and volume fraction of the nanoparticles within the interphase region on the mechanical behavior of long fiber-reinforced composites with epoxy resin matrix under transverse tensile loading is investigated in this article. An infinite material containing unidirectional long fiber and periodic distribution of elastic, spherical nanoparticles was modeled using a unit cell approach. A stiffness degradation technique has been used to simulate the damage and crack progress of the matrix subjected to mechanical loading. A series of computational experiments performed to study the influence of the nanoparticle indicate that the mechanical properties, nanoparticle-fiber distance, and volume fraction of nanoparticle have a significant effect on both the stiffness and strength properties of these composite materials. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2015, 132, 41573.
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 10/2015; 132(10). DOI:10.1002/app.41573