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: This work deals with the effects of waviness and aspect ratio on the buckling behavior of functionally graded carbon nanotube-reinforced composite (FG-CNTRC) plates subjected to in-plane loads using reproducing kernel particle method (RKPM) based on modified first-order shear deformation theory (FSDT). Wavy single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are embedded in a polymer matrix and distributed in four types of distributions. The material properties of an FG-CNTRC plate are assumed to be graded along the thickness direction of the plate and estimated through a micromechanical model based on the extended rule of mixture. The modified shear correction factors evaluated involving the nonuniform shear stress distribution through the thickness of the FG-CNTRC plate. For the imposition of the essential boundary conditions the full transformation approach is utilized. The validity and accuracy of the RKPM method is established by a comparison with the obtained results of available literature data. Moreover, the effects of distribution, volume fraction, waviness, and aspect ratio of CNTs are investigated on the buckling behavior of FG-CNTRC plates for various boundary conditions, plate width-to-thickness and aspect ratios. Detailed parametric studies demonstrate that the waviness and aspect ratio of CNTs have noticeable effects on buckling behavior of carbon nanotube-reinforced composite (CNTRC) plates. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23814
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    ABSTRACT: Rubber wood sawdust (RS) was used as a filler to improve the water absorption, mechanical, morphological, and thermal properties of thermoplastic starch (TPS). The TPS/RS composites were prepared using compression molding and glycerol as the plasticizer. Moreover, the effect of commercial cellulose (CC) on the properties of TPS was also studied for comparison. Scanning election microscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to confirm that there were lignin, hemicelluloses, and extractive compounds such as wax substances and natural oils on the surface of rubber wood sawdust. Both fillers showed good adhesion with the TPS because they have similar chemical structures. However, RS showed the better efficiency for improve the water absorption, mechanical, and thermal properties of TPS than CC. The results indicated that the components on the fiber surface play important roles in improving the properties of TPS. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23669
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    ABSTRACT: Alumina (AA) nanoparticles- (NPs) dispersed activated carbon microfibers/carbon nanofibers (ACFs/CNFs) were used as fillers in a ∼30 μm thick polymeric film of polypropylene (PP) cross-linked with maleic anhydride (MAH) and polyethylene glycol (PEG). The PEG-MAH-PP film was prepared using the solution casting method, with MAH acting as a “bridging” group between PEG and PP. The AA-ACF/CNF filler was dispersed in situ into the reaction mixture during polymerization and before the curing step. The metal oxide NPs-carbon micro-nanofiber-polymer (AA-ACF/CNF-PP) nanocomposite exhibited significantly enhanced electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties, which can be attributed to the thermally stable AA NPs, the electrically conductive CNFs, which have a high tensile strength, and the uniform dispersion of AA-ACFs/CNFs in the cross-linked polymeric matrix of PP, MAH, and PEG. The production method described in this study is novel and simple, and the resulting nanocomposite may potentially be used as a battery separator and in structural materials. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23783
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    ABSTRACT: Nanocomposites of polycarbonate (PC) reinforced with different contents (0–10 wt%) of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), PC/MWCNT, were prepared in a two-step dispersion process: extrusion followed by injection molding. The effects of the MWCNT content and injection conditions on thermal, mechanical, and dynamic mechanical properties of the prepared nanocomposites were investigated and compared. Thermogravimetric analysis showed that a small MWCNT content (i.e., 1 wt%) was more propitious for improving thermal stability of the nanocomposites. Analysis of the mechanical properties demonstrated that the tensile properties of the nanocomposites with low MWCNT content could be comparable to that of PC; but as the content was increased to 10 wt%, the tensile strength and bending strength decreased by 35 and 47%, respectively, from the values for PC. The impact strength and microhardness was improved; however, with the increase in MWCNT content. Results of dynamic mechanical analysis showed that the storage modulus of PC was increased by the incorporation of MWCNTs, particularly at high temperatures. Scanning electron microscopy was also carried out to investigate the microstructures of the nanocomposites. It is concluded that the incorporation of MWCNTs by injection molding was more effective in enhancing the thermal, mechanical, and dynamic mechanical properties of PC. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23801
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    ABSTRACT: Organic-modified montmorillonite (OMMT), organic-modified layered double hydroxide (SDS-LDH) and graphene (GNS) were three typical layered inorganic compounds. The polystyrene (PS) nanocomposites were prepared using in situ polymerization method. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and microscale combustion calorimeter were used to investigate the morphology and microstructure, thermal stability, and combustion performance of the PS nanocomposites. It was evident that the addition of the typical layered inorganic compounds could improve thermal stability and flame retardancy of PS. The results revealed that organic-modified layered double hydroxide and graphene were dispersed in PS matrix with mainly exfoliated structure, whereas OMMT distribution with intercalated and few exfoliated structure. The PS/OMMT nanocomposites exhibited superior flame retardance over PS/SDS-LDH and PS/GNS. Compared to pure PS, a 25% decrease in the peak heat release rate value was obtained for PS nanocomposites containing 3.0 wt% OMMT. The thermogravimetric analysis results demonstrated that the addition of OMMT led to the improvements in the thermal stability and char residues of the PS nanocomposites, especially the T−50% and Tmax of the PS/5.0 wt% OMMT nanocomposites had improved by 38 and 63°C, respectively, compared to those of pure PS. The improvement of thermal stability and fire resistance properties was primarily attributed to the physical barrier effect of layered inorganic nanosheets and the catalytic carbonization behavior of layered double hydroxide. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23792
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    ABSTRACT: As a kind of new MR material, Magnetorheological Gel (MRG) can be considered to be the intermediate system between the MR fluids (MRF) and MR elastomers (MRE). And damping performance plays a significant role in its application system (especially in the vibration and noise control). However, the damping mechanism and source of MRG have not been investigated comprehensively. In this study, several samples of MRGs with different iron particle contents (0, 20, 40, 60, and 80 wt%) were prepared. The nonmagnetic damping (without magnetic field) and magneto-induced damping (with several constant magnetic fields) of MRG were systematically studied by using an advanced commercial rheometer under oscillatory shear modes. The influence of time history, strain amplitude and frequency in the zero-field and several constant magnetic fields on the nonmagnetic damping and magneto-induced damping of MRG was also systematically studied. The experimental results show that, just the opposite to MRE, the loss factor of MRG decrease with the increase of carbonyl iron powder particles (CIP) content. The reasons are known through theoretical analysis combined with microstructure observation that the polyurethane molecular chain will become shorter with the increase of CIP content is a very important factor, and the formation and thickening of the chain structure of CIP is the reason for the loss factor of MRG decline with the magnetic field. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23689
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    ABSTRACT: Poly(ethylene terephthalate)/carbon black/coupling agent composite masterbatches were fabricated using separate feeding technique. The effect of coupling agent on crystallization of composite masterbatches was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, wide-angle X-ray diffraction, and Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy, respectively. The results show that the strong interfacial interaction among poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), coupling agent and carbon black hinders chains mobility in process of PET crystallization, which is illustrated by interfical structure model. Whereas, the crystallinity of composite masterbatch increases due to uniform dispersion of carbon black modified by coupling agent. Activation energy of viscous flow of the composite masterbatches is closer to that of virgin PET, so the spinning parameters can be controlled according to each other. Besides, structural viscosity index of composite masterbatches is greater due to strong interfacial interaction among PET, coupling agent and carbon black. Thus, in order to smooth spinning, the composite masterbatches need greater shear rate compared with PET/carbon black masterbatch. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23818
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    ABSTRACT: Dynamically vulcanized thermoplastic elastomers (TPVs) based on polyamide-6 (PA-6) and poly (epichlorohydrin-co-ethylene oxide) (ECO) and their nanocomposites were prepared via melt-blending process. The unfilled and organoclay (OC)-filled TPVs were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), differential scanning calorimetry, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), and mechanical tests. XRD and TEM results showed that the OC particles were well exfoliated into the samples with high rubber content while both intercalated and exfoliated structures were found in the samples with low rubber content. The mechanical properties showed that ECO improved the elongation at break and the presence of OC increased the Young's modulus. Also, wide angle XRD analysis showed an increase in α-crystals of PA-6 with addition of ECO rubber. Moreover, it was found that by increasing OC content, crystallization temperature increased but the degree of crystallinity decreased. TGA showed that increasing ECO content decreased thermal stability of the samples, while the presence of OC did not have any considerable effect on the thermal stability. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23765
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    ABSTRACT: The present investigation is focused to study the permeability of natural fiber during vacuum infusion (VI) process and the effect of the surface treatments of natural fiber, fiber loading direction, resin flow direction and process parameter on the tensile properties of developed composites (sisal/bio based epoxy). The bio based resin exhibits good flow characteristics in NaOH and isocyanate treated fibers which may be attributed to change in polarity. The surface treatments appear to provide an appreciable enhancement in tensile strength through enhanced bonding between fiber and matrix. The longitudinal tensile strength has been found to be higher than that of the transverse direction and the flow along the fiber provides maximum tensile strength. It has also been demonstrated that VI process provides improved mechanical properties as compared to hand-layup process. Morphological studies of fractured developed composites were performed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to understand the de-bonding of fiber/matrix adhesion. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23797
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    ABSTRACT: The interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) of glass fiber/acrylate composite with stepwise ultraviolet (UV) light curing was enhanced by adding multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) into the resin matrix. The maximum content of MWCNTs that can be used in the process was investigated. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results indicated that prepreg with MWCNTs of more than 0.5% by weight was difficult to cure by UV light because of its poor UV light penetration ability. The ILSS was improved obviously due to the improved resin toughness, crack propagation resistance and interfacial adhesion between the resin and glass fibers according to SEM images. Experimental results suggested that the addition of MWCNTs is an effective method to improve the ILSS of UV stepwise curing composites. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23786
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    ABSTRACT: Seven cycles of antibacterial tests were performed on silver-containing activated carbon fibers derived from liquefied wood (WACF/Ag) to investigate the variations of their antibacterial activity and silver characteristics. The results showed that all the WACF/Ag had the excellent antibacterial durability. Less silver ions were released from WACF/Ag prepared at the soaking concentration of 0.2 mol/L. Both silver and silver ion content followed a decreasing trend with an increase in cycle number of antibacterial tests, and the significant drop occurred in the first cycle. The silver on the surface and in mesopores was almost removed in the first cycle of antibacterial tests, while that in micropores was released slowly with increasing cycle number of antibacterial tests. The schematic illustrations for WACF/Ag revealed that the number of silver nanoparticles in micropores had the determined effect on the antibacterial durability. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23707
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    ABSTRACT: The comparison on the NaOH and 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxy silane (GPS) modifications on the rice husk/epoxy composites was made to improve the interfacial interaction between epoxy resin and rice husk. An optimum concentration of NaOH at 6 wt% or GPS at 10 wt% was found based on the highest performance of mechanical properties at 70 wt% rice husk content. As for the effect of rice husk content, the maximum reinforcing effect was found at 50 wt% and 70 wt% of rice husk with NaOH and GPS treatment, respectively. This was attributed to the increased surface roughness after NaOH modification and silane interaction to enhance the interfacial reaction of rice husk for stronger adhesion, as evidenced by the morphology observation. The highest reinforcement and thermal stability was observed for GPS-modified cases. Silane treatment gave the lowest glass transition temperatures for the investigated cases due to the flexible alkyl group. For the water absorption property, GPS-modified cases conferred the lowest level in comparison with that in both unmodified and NaOH modified composites. This was mainly attributed to that the hydrophilic hydroxyl groups were reduced through the reaction of silanol/epoxy groups on GPS and hydroxyl groups on the rice husk, which again echoed the significance of silane surface treatment. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23770
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    ABSTRACT: The present analysis intends to look into the needlepunched nonwoven textile material reinforced polymer composites. The solid particle erosion wear behavior of needlepunched nonwoven fabric mat reinforced epoxy composites were assessed using silica sand particles with the size of 250, 350, and 450 μm. Taguchi analysis was also carried out on the basis of design of experiments (DoE) approach to establish the interdependence of operating parameters. Mechanical and physical properties of composites were also evaluated experimentally, and the storage modulus (E′), loss modulus (E″) and damping factor (tan δ) characteristics were analyzed with the help of dynamic mechanical analyzer (DMA) in the temperature range of 20–200°C. Surface morphology of the eroded surfaces of composites were also analyze by scanning electron microscopic (SEM) to discuss the feasible erosion mechanism on composite surfaces. The result reveals that fiber content and impact velocity has an invulnerable impact on the erosion rate of needlepunched nonwoven fabric mat-epoxy composites. The mechanical and physical properties are meliorating with incorporation of fabric mat weight percentage in composites, and the measured damping factor (tan δ) peaks of Tg for needlepunched nonwoven fabric mat epoxy composites ranged from 100 to 110°C. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23798
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    ABSTRACT: This paper demonstrates the results of an experimental study on cross ply carbon/epoxy composite laminates fabricated from high temperature hardener HT972 subjected to impact loading at different velocities and temperatures. The carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) samples were impacted at velocities 1.5 m/s and 2.5 m/s, each at a temperature level of 30°C, 60°C, 90°C, and 120°C. The impact response of the material towards various velocities and temperatures was determined using impact parameters like peak force, absorbed energy, maximum deflection, and rebound velocity. Result reveals that the velocity and temperature play a significant role in the impact response of the material. The variation in the trend of Flexural After Impact (FAI) strength of composite laminates at different velocities and temperatures was determined using FAI test and these results were further correlated with impact results. The dominating failure modes affecting the residual strength of the samples were found using acoustic emission (AE) monitoring. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23796