Polymer Composites Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Society of Plastics Engineers, Wiley

Journal description

Published six times per year, Polymer Composites is the foremost engineering & scientific journal covering the fields of reinforced plastics and polymer composites. In publication since 1980, Polymer Composites offers detailed applied developments of specific interest long before they become commercial realities.

Current impact factor: 1.63

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.632
2013 Impact Factor 1.455
2012 Impact Factor 1.482
2011 Impact Factor 1.231
2010 Impact Factor 0.998
2009 Impact Factor 1.194
2008 Impact Factor 1.054
2007 Impact Factor 1.058
2006 Impact Factor 1.163
2005 Impact Factor 0.628
2004 Impact Factor 0.649
2003 Impact Factor 0.68
2002 Impact Factor 0.746
2001 Impact Factor 0.661
2000 Impact Factor 0.633
1999 Impact Factor 0.677
1998 Impact Factor 0.716
1997 Impact Factor 0.744
1996 Impact Factor 0.788
1995 Impact Factor 0.949
1994 Impact Factor 0.719
1993 Impact Factor 0.982
1992 Impact Factor 1.019

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.61
Cited half-life 6.20
Immediacy index 0.37
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.33
Website Polymer Composites website
Other titles Polymer composites (Online), Polymer composites
ISSN 1548-0569
OCLC 43437991
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: Biodegradable polymer blends consisting of polylactic acid (PLA) and polyhydroxy butyrate-co-valerate (PHBV) have been prepared by melt mixing in a twin screw extruder and followed by injection molding technique. Cereplast PLA containing starch as an additive was used to make the blends. The effects of three different types of clay (montmorillonite, bentonite, and chemically modified bentonite) on the mechanical and thermal properties of the blends were studied. The ratio of PLA and PHBV (w/w) was maintained at 70:30 while the weight of clay was fixed at 1%. The addition of clay was found to result in a slight increase in tensile strength and modulus. Viscoelastic studies revealed that the damping property of the blends decreased with the addition of clay. This was attributed to the decreased segmental motion in the molecular chains. The morphology of the blends has been investigated by environmental scanning electron microscopy and a homogenous surface was observed for the blend containing montmorillonite.
    Polymer Composites 11/2015; 36(11):2042-2050. DOI:10.1002/pc.23114
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    ABSTRACT: Waste fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) combined with corn straw fiber was recycled and incorporated in wood plastic composite (WPC). The synergistic enhancement effect of glass fiber and corn straw fiber was investigated. The results show that there was a good physical interlocking structure among glass fiber of waste FRP, corn straw fiber and poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) in WPC, which led to the enhancement of mechanical properties of WPC. With 30 phr (parts per hundreds of resin) waste FRP, the tensile strength and flexural strength of WPC were improved to 24 MPa and 66 MPa, increased by 31% and 23% with respect to starting WPC. This study reveals that waste FRP and corn straw fiber can be good alternative for wood fiber in the production of WPC. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015.
    Polymer Composites 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23789
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    ABSTRACT: Poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) is a biodegradable aliphatic polyester and is semicrystalline in nature. It has a wide range of engineering applications owing to its attractive combination of good processability and mechanical properties. PBS nanocomposites with graphene nanosheets were prepared by melt compounding. We report on their structure and their thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties. The thermal stability of the nanocomposite increased by 35°C compared with that of neat PBS. The crystallization and melting behavior of the PBS matrix in the presence of dispersed graphene nanosheets were studied by differential scanning calorimetry and polarised optical microscope. We also observed an interesting phenomenon in the PBS/graphene nanocomposites from our FTIR investigation. β-form of PBS crystals are formed in the composite samples with 5 wt% graphene loading, which otherwise forms in pure PBS only under stress. We observed ∼12% modulus enhancement for 2 wt% PBS/graphene nanocomposites. The electrical conductivity increased to ∼105-fold for 5 wt% PBS/graphene nanocomposites. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23824
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    ABSTRACT: A double bond and amine group containing chemical (OD) was synthesized by coupling reaction of ethylenediamine and 3-(chlorodimethylsilyl)propyl methacrylate. Subsequently, graphene oxide (GO) was functionalized with OD in different densities via ring opening of its epoxy groups. The graphene containing double bond (GOD) was incorporated into polystyrene (PS) chains by a grafting through atom transfer radical polymerization. Grafting of OD at the surface of GO was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The interlayer spacing of the graphenes was evaluated by X-ray diffraction. Molecular weight and PDI values of the free and attached PS chains were studied by size exclusion chromatography. TGA was also used to study the degradation points, char values, and grafting ratios. Relaxation of PS chains in the presence of graphene layers was evaluated by differential scanning calorimetry. Scanning electron and transmission electron microscopies show that flat graphene layers are wrinkled during oxidation and functionalization processes. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23832
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    ABSTRACT: Nanocomposites comprising carbon nanofibers (CNF) were prepared and evaluated in terms of morphology, mechanical performance, thermal stability and crystallization properties. It was found that addition of CNF reinforced polypropylene (PP) matrix by marginally increasing the strength and modulus, but at the expense of toughness and ductility. To improve the toughness of the composites, polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene-ran-butylene)-block-polystyrene (SEBS) was used. Presence of SEBS remarkably improved the toughness and ductility of the composites. The optimum level of reinforcement was observed at 0.1 wt% of CNF in the composites. Phase morphology studies revealed that at this concentration, CNF were well dispersed in polymer phases and beyond it, agglomeration occurred. PP/SEBS/CNF (0.1 wt%) nanocomposites exhibited good strength, excellent toughness and decent modulus, which make them suitable for cost effective, light-weight, tough and stiff material for engineering applications. It was observed that thermal stability of composites is only marginally improved whereas crystallinity of PP drastically reduced by the addition of CNF. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23830
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    ABSTRACT: This study addresses the applicability and effectiveness of prestressed unbonded carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) for strengthening concrete beams. Three- and four-point flexural tests were conducted up to failure for 10 concrete beams. The cracking, yield, and experimental nominal loads of the prestressed strengthened beams increased with the prestress levels. However, the ultimate loads were similar regardless of the prestress level because beam failure was dominated by rupture of the CFRP plates. Based on the results, the recommended appropriate prestress level for securing the ductility of a prestressed strengthened beam is ≤40% of the tensile strength of the CFRP plate. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23833
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    ABSTRACT: Ionic actuators have attracted attention due to their remarking large strain under low-voltage stimulation. Because the actuation performance is mainly dominated by the electrochemical and electromechanical processes of the electrode layer, the electrode materials and structure are crucial. In this manuscript, we report a highly biocompatible polymer actuator, which consists of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MCNTs) film as double electrode layer and an electrolyte layer equipped with a chitosan polymer skeleton and an ionic liquid. The electrochemical properties of chitosan polymer actuator under various content of MCNTs were presented by SEM, cyclic voltammetry, and alternate current impedance. Results represented that MCNTs as a reinforcing agent in the chitosan polymer actuator strongly affected the electromechanical energy efficiency. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23822
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    ABSTRACT: The effects of two thermoplastic micro-veils, polyamide (PA) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) veil, on the interlaminar fracture toughness of a glass fiber/vinyl ester (GF/VE) composite were investigated. The veils incorporated into the composite as interleaving materials were first characterized via scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), contact angle and tensile testing in order determine the best candidate as toughening agent for the GF/VE composite. Composite laminates were manufactured by vacuum-assisted resin infusion process. Double cantilever beam (DCB) testing was performed to investigate the Mode I type interlaminar fracture toughness of the composites, which was characterized by critical strain energy release rate (GIC). An increased GIC was obtained by incorporating the PA veil, but it changed negligibly by the addition of the PET veil. The analysis of the composites fracture surface via SEM revealed increased fiber bridging between adjacent plies in the case of PA veil interleaved composites which played a key role in enhancing the Mode I interlaminar fracture toughness. However, the PET veil present in the interlaminar region did not take part in any energy absorbing mechanism during the delamination, thus keeping the GIC of the composite unaltered. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23840
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    ABSTRACT: Different kinds of plasticizers and crosslinkers were used to prepare high-viscosity modified (HVM) asphalt and high-elastic modified (HEM) asphalt and the major physical properties were studied and compared. The kinds of plasticizers were optimized and the difference in composition between HVM and HEM asphalts was clarified. The plasticizers with different thickness and flexibility were available for HVM or HEM asphalts respectively. The kinds of crosslinkers were also compared and optimized and it was found that the most effective crosslinker was sulfur. The effect of anti-ageing reagent on HEM asphalt was confirmed and it was found that one of the most effective way to retain the properties of HVM and HEM asphalt before ageing was to increase the SBS content further. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23841
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    ABSTRACT: The extrudate swell behavior of polypropylene (PP) composite melts filled with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was studied using a capillary rheometer in a temperature range from 190 to 230°C and at various apparent shear rates varying from 50 to 800s−1. It was found that the values of the extrudate swell ratio of the composites increased nonlinearly with increasing apparent shear rates, while the values of the extrudate swell ratio decreased almost linearly with increasing temperature. The values of the melt extrudate swell ratio increased approximately linearly with increasing shear stress, while decreased approximately nonlinearly with an increase of the MWCNT weight fraction. In addition, the extrudate swell mechanisms were discussed with observation of the fracture surface of the extrudate using a scanning electronic microscopy. This study provides a basis for further development of MWCNTs reinforced polymer composites with desirable mechanical and thermal properties. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23829
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    ABSTRACT: The flame retarded materials were prepared which used wear-resistant PA6 composite (PA6/GF/PTFE/UHMWPE/CG, 85/15/5/5/5 by weight) as matrix, red phosphorus (RP), expansible graphite (EG), and zinc borate (ZB) as fire retardant. The flame retarded properties were characterized by LOI and UL-94 testing. PA6 composite with 15 wt% RP reached V0 rating and had a high LOI value (27.3 vol%). When a combination of 7 wt% ZB and 8 wt% RP was added, increases in LOI (27.9 vol%) and UL-94 rating(V0) were both observed. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and char residue characterization showed that the combination of RP and ZB can promote the formation of char barrier, reduce the mass loss rate, and thus improve the flame retardancy of PA6 composites. The wear test showed that, the composite filled by 15 wt% RP or a combination of 7 wt% ZB and 8 wt% RP both possessed a low wear rate and a much stable friction coefficient. The presence of EG could also improve the flame retardance but was harmful to the mechanical property as well as wear performance. The results indicated that ZB and RP had synergy effect on improving both flame retardance and wear performance of PA6 composites. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23781
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    ABSTRACT: Fibrous sepiolite(Sep)/fluororubber (FKM) composite was prepared by co-mixing and heat molding. Fibrous aggregation of acid sepiolite(aSep) was prepared by acid exfoliation of mineral sepiolite, and then organic sepiolite(oSep) was prepared by coupling agent modification of aSep. The crystal structure, chemical composition and morphology of different aggregations were mensurated using X-ray diffraction, infrared spectrometer, and scanning electron microscope. The curing histories and mechanical properties of composites were analyzed for two kinds of fibrous sepiolites. The results indicated that apparent diameters of aSep and oSep were respectively 100–200 nm and 60–100 nm. The apparent crosslinking densities, curing velocities, and tensile strengths of FKM composites were increased by the addition of sepiolite, the curing velocities of oSep/FKM were lower than those of aSep/FKM, and the tensile strengths of oSep/FKM were upper than those of aSep/FKM. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015.
    Polymer Composites 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23839
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    ABSTRACT: Nanocomposites were successfully synthesized by the oxidative polymerization of p-anisidine and/or aniline monomers (at initial “p-anisidine:aniline” mole ratios of “100 : 0”, 50 : 50", and “0 : 100”) with titanium(IV) oxide nanoparticles, in the presence of hydrochloric acid as a dopant with ammonium persulfate as an oxidant. The morphological, structural, conductivity, and electrochemical properties of the synthesized nanocomposites were studied using Transmission Electron Microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and UV–vis spectroscopies. The presence of polymer on TiO2 nanoparticles in samples nanocomposites was confirmed by the Transmission Electron Microscopy coupled with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy. The thermal stability of samples nanocomposites were evaluated using the Thermogravimetric Analysis. Electrical conductivity of nanocomposites obtained is in the range of 0.08 − 0.91 S cm−1. The electrochemical behavior of the polymers extracted from the nanocomposites has been analyzed by cyclic voltammetry. Good electrochemical response has been observed for polymer films; the observed redox processes indicate that the polymerization on TiO2 nanoparticles produces electroactive polymers. These composite microspheres can potentially be used in commercial applications as fillers for antistatic and anticorrosion coatings. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015.
    Polymer Composites 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23837
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    ABSTRACT: In this article, reduced graphene oxide/polyimide resin composites which exhibited enhancements in mechanical properties were successfully fabricated by hot-pressing, and reduced graphene oxide nanosheets were synthesized by thermal reduced method, which can readily mix with PI powders in aqueous solution by sonication process. The chemical structures of rGO were carefully characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transfer infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The field emission scanning electron microscopy observations showed that the rGO displayed excellent dispersibility and compatibility with the PI matrix. The mechanical analysis indicated that the tensile and flexural strength values of the rGO/PI resin composite with 1.5 wt% rGO loading reached 80.7 and 133.3 MPa, respectively. Compared with pure PI, the optimized rGO/PI resin composite exhibited an enhancement of 30% in tensile strength, 19% in flexural strength and 27% in impact strength, due to the fine dispersion of high specific surface area of graphene nanosheets and the good adhesion between the rGO and the matrix. In addition, thermogravimetric analysis, dynamic mechanical analysis and dielectric properties were also investigated. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23815