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: 1.46

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 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 1.58
Cited half-life 6.00
Immediacy index 0.23
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.39
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: The present work focused on thermal behavior of biocomposites based on polylactic acid (PLA) reinforced with untreated and benzoyl peroxide (BP) treated banana/sisal fibers (BSF) combination. Fabrication of biocomposites was performed by extrusion followed by injection molding. Fourier transformed Infrared (FT- IR) ascertained the nature of bonding between BSF and PLA. The thermal properties of virgin PLA, UT-BSF/PLA and BP-T-BSF/PLA composites were studied by DSC and TGA analysis. DSC analysis indicated no significant changes in the glass transition temperature (T g) and melting temperature (T m ) of virgin PLA, UT-BSF/PLA and BP-T-BSF/PLA composites and no sign of crystallization for both virgin PLA, UT- BSF/PLA composites. However, crystallization was observed in BP-T-BSF/PLA composites. The BP-T-BSF/PLA composite exhibited the delayed thermal degradation pattern and final decomposition temperature from TGA analysis when compared to that of UT-BSF/PLA composites and virgin PLA as well. Further, the effect of BSF treatment and hybridisation of BSF with PLA on the degree of crystallinity (Xc) were explored in detail. The above said composites were also investigated through SEM micrographs to examine the adhesion between the PLA and BSF. In addition, the results of SEM acquired are in good agreement with the data resulted from FTIR and thermal characterization.
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    ABSTRACT: With the growing economic competition and the ecological pressure, the past decade has seen a renewed interest in developing more efficient reinforcements along with overall production cost. In some industrial applications, natural fiber composites fulfill small requirements for making the product to be economical due to their several advantages such as low density, greater deformability, lower abrasiveness, and cost. In the present work, composites are prepared with epoxy as a resin and jute as reinforcement by hand lay-up technique. Moisture absorption characteristics when exposed to saline water, mineral water, sub-zero temperature conditions, and also effect of moisture on depreciation in strength (tensile strength and flexural strength) and of different layers (one, two, three layers) of composites are studied experimentally. Specimen preparation and testing were carried out as per ASTM standards. It is found that the jute-reinforced epoxy composite give encouraging results when compared with the pure epoxy composites. The less effect in strength is observed after exposure to mineral water and sub-zero temperature condition. The morphologies of the composites are also studied by scanning electron microscope. POLYM. COMPOS., 00:000–000, 2015. VC 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23610
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    ABSTRACT: The advantages of giant magnetostrictive materials (GMMs) include the contactless energy supply, short-time response to the signal, and a high value of the magnetomechanical coupling factor. This paper presents the variation of the magneto-mechanical properties in the composite materials with a polyurethane matrix reinforced with Terfenol-D particles. The particle size distribution of Terfenol-D powders, the impact of initial stress on the composite' materials magnetostriction value, and the compression modulus under various magnetic field intensities were analyzed. It was found that the optimization of composite materials with polyurethane matrix reinforced with Terfenol-D particles is possible, with particular consideration of the Terfenol-D particles' size and share in the polyurethane matrix.
    Polymer Composites 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23640
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    ABSTRACT: Many research efforts have gone in the production of carbon nanotubes (CNT) composites for functional and structural applications and many processing methodologies have been experimented. Twin-screw extrusion appears to be the most suitable way from the perspective of production scale up and commercialization of these composites. At the same time, micro-injection molding process is considered as the key manufacturing technology for the mass production of miniaturized components and devices. Despite the massive literature about nanocomposites and microinjection molding process, few articles focus on the interaction between the compounding process and the following micro-injection molding transformation processes. This article aims at analyzing the influence of the screw configuration used in compounding process on the rheological and technological properties of the resulting nanocomposites. Two different combinations of screw elements have been tested to incorporate CNTs in two different resins: LCP (liquid crystal polymer) and POM (polyoxymethylene) typically used in micro-injection molding. The effects of the process set up have been observed studying first the rheology and then the moldability of nano-compounds microinjected ribs with high aspect ratio. The nanofiller dispersion has been evaluated via light and transmission electron microscopy. The results confirm that, the screws show different capacity at promoting the dispersion of the nanofiller, which affects the moldability of micro-injected CNT nanocomposites. The viscosity of the polymer seems a critical factor as well, because it influences first the dispersion of CNT bundle during extrusion and then the injection moldability of the composites in the micro-channels. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23593
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    ABSTRACT: Porous chitosan/graphene oxide (CHT/GO) biocomposites with 0.5, 1, 2, and 3 wt% GO were prepared by freeze-drying method. The biocomposites were characterized regarding structural, morphological, and thermal properties, degradation, and swelling responses. Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results indicated good GO dispersion within the polymer host and highly porous structure for the obtained biocomposites. The GO presence has a profound effect on the structural features of the biocomposites generating decrease of swelling degree and enzymatic biodegradation rate. Conversely, the thermal stability of the biocomposites was significantly improved, and the decomposition temperature at which the mass loss is 3% (Td,3%) was increased with 64°C by adding 3 wt% GO within the CHT. The ability of the biocomposites to form apatite-like crystals was also investigated. X-ray diffraction and SEM analyses indicated the formation of apatite deposits on the CHT/GO biocomposites. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23594
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and boron nitride (BN) were functionalized with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) at both pH 5.5 and pH 11. These MWCNT-CTAB and BN-CTAB particles used to prepare the composites were dispersed in a bisphenol A (DGEBA)-type epoxy resin (ER) system at room temperature. The TGA analysis showed that the BN composite can significantly improve the thermal stability of neat ER at temperatures above 400 °C. The curing degrees of the nanocomposites were calculated to be approximately the same values as neat ER using the Beer–Lambert law from FTIR spectra. The best electrical conductivity of the composites obtained was 3.10 × 10−3 S/cm for ER/MWCNT-CTAB (pH 5.5). The surface hardness, Young's modulus, and tensile strength of the composites were examined. The surface hardness values of the ER/MWCNT-CTAB composites were higher than those of the other composites. The composite morphology was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). POLYM. COMPOS., 2015.
    Polymer Composites 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23542
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    ABSTRACT: The search for alternative polymer composites prepared by renewable resources is gaining increasing attention in the industrial sector. Here we prepared new polyurethane (PU) composite foams with high percentages of the natural vegetable fibers Spartium Junceum in conjunction with biodegradable polyethylene glycols (PEGs). The density and mechanical properties of PU foams were investigated. Further characterization of the morphology of these materials was carried out by scanning electron microscopy. Here we show that these properties can be easily tuned by changing the molecular length of PEGs, the weight ratio between the two principal monomers, and the fraction of water added to the reacting mixtures. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23501
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    ABSTRACT: Experimental studies are presented on the quasi-static shear plugging behavior of nanoparticle dispersed materials viz symmetric balanced cross-ply laminates made using unidirectional E-glass fabric with epoxy resin, and neat epoxy resin. The nanoparticles used are nanosilica and multiwalled carbon nanotube for E-glass/epoxy and nanosilica for epoxy resin. The effect of nanoparticle dispersion on shear plugging strength was evaluated. Shear plugging strength was enhanced up to 10.5% for E-glass/epoxy and up to 17.0% for neat epoxy resin on addition of nanoparticles. Shear plugging strength of nanoparticle dispersed composites decreased with an increase in specimen thickness. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23539
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, the laminates reinforced with the concentrated nitric acid or acetone treated carbon fabrics were prepared based on polyetherimide films with different thickness including 30 μm and 50 μm, respectively. 4 Harness Satin (4HS) and 5 Harness Satin (5HS) carbon fabrics were used as the reinforcements of the composite laminates. Three impact factors, including the polyetherimide film thickness, fabric treatment method and fabric type, were considered in this study. Interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) measurement shown that the thicker polyetherimide film (50 μm), 4HS carbon fabric and the nitric acid treatment of the fabric could be used to increase the ILSS value because of the improvement of the interfacial property for the laminate. The 50 μm thickness polyetherimide films used in the laminates improved the storage modulus, and decreased the glass transition temperatures (Tgs) by DMA or DSC. It was because that the better interfacial property and the stronger mobility of the polymer chain under the greater residual internal stress in the laminate was obtained with the increase of the polyetherimide film thickness. The nitric acid treatment of the fabric increased the Tgs measured by DMA and DSC, and decreased the Tan delta peak values of the laminates because of the stronger interfacial adhesion between the fiber and the resin and the decreased mobility of the polymer chain. In addition, the effects of above three impact factors on the ILSS, storage modulus, loss modulus, Tan delta and the Tg of the laminate were discussed in detail by ILSS, DMA and DSC measurement, respectively. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23625
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    ABSTRACT: A conventional vibration welding process of fiber-reinforced Polyamide 66 is characterized by a continuous melt flow in the quasi-steady phase. This squeeze flow leads to a disadvantageous fiber reorientation in the weld zone. The fibers are oriented parallel to the melt flow and thus perpendicular to the common stress direction. This causes relatively low weld strength compared to the strength of the base material. Radiation cross-linking fiber-reinforced Polyamide 66 with electron beams influences the material characteristics. As a consequence, the resulting energy balance during vibration welding is changed and the squeeze flow is impeded, thus averting the fiber reorientation in the weld seam. The scope of this article is to demonstrate the influence of radiation cross-linking on fiber orientation in vibration welds. Mechanical, calorimetric, rheological, scanning electron microscope, and light microscope investigations serve to highlight the influence of radiation cross-linking on the vibration welds of fiber-reinforced Polyamide 66. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23607
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    ABSTRACT: LDPE thermoplastic composites prepared using 1–4 wt% of conventional filler-grade ZnO and nanoscale ZnO were investigated to determine whether the presence of either grade of filler affected the weatherability of the composite material. Outdoor exposure (natural weathering) studies and accelerated weathering was performed and tensile properties were used to assess the weather-induced damage. Weatherability under outdoor exposure and under laboratory- accelerated conditions, primarily quantified using tensile properties, were found to be the same for composites with conventional and nanoscale ZnO filler. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015.
    Polymer Composites 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23592
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, we have conducted a blend of type I collagen and dencichine under acid conditions, followed by investigating the intermolecular interactions between the two components. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), molecular modeling methods, the circular dichrorism (CD) measurement, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) studies inducate that the structure integrity of collagen is still maintained obviously after introducing dencichine. Furthermore, we also analyze the mechanism of the combination, which is just more than hydrogen bonding. Moreover, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) reveals that compared to pure collagen, dencichine could promote the thermalstability of collagen-dencichine composite sponge (CDCS) with the increasing content of dencichine. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is utilized to determine the morphology changes of collagen by inducing dencichine. The fibril aggregation occurs due to the crosslinking with dencichine and the fibrous structure of collagen after inducing dencichine still remains compact and clear, which is the foundation of its biological activity. The present study, reveals that intermolecular interactions exist in the CDCS indeed, which is benefit for the development of new biological material and fabrication of novel functionalized hemostatic biomaterials. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23381
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    ABSTRACT: Montmorillonite and silica were used as fillers combined with Si69 as their coupling agent in styrene–butadiene rubber/polybutadiene rubber tread compounds to evaluate their interaction and influences on structure and properties of nanocomposites. Microstructure, filler dispersion, curing properties, and tire performance of the compounded rubber were investigated with the aid of X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, rheometer, and dynamic-mechanical analysis, respectively. The results showed that montmorillonite could react with coupling agent and their reaction rate was higher than silica/Si69. The dispersion and exfoliation was promoted by the existence of silica. Fully exfoliated montmorillonite were formed when the montmorillonite/silica ratio was 14 or lower, and the as-prepared rubber compounds displayed well-balanced properties. Additionally, coupling agent also influenced the curing kinetics, dynamic, and mechanical properties of the tread compounds. But the structure was not affected by the usage amount of Si69. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015.
    Polymer Composites 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23653
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    ABSTRACT: Unsaturated polyester resin (UPe)-based nanocomposites and fumed silica Aerosil R812S, R805 and R816, and R200 modified with phenyl terminal group, R200NPh, were prepared. UPe resins were synthesized from maleic anhydride and products of glycolysis, obtained by polyethylene terephthalate depolymerization with dipropylene glycol in the presence of tetrabutyl titanate catalyst. The obtained unsaturated polyesters were characterized by acid, hydroxyl, and iodine values and by FTIR and NMR analysis. The microstructural analysis of the prepared nanocomposites, performed by using transmission electron microscopy, confirmed that silica nanoparticles formed chain-like aggregates in the polymer matrix. The presence of modified silica nanoparticles had no influence on the glass transition temperature and thermal stability of polyester matrix. The tensile modulus, stress at break, and hardness of cured products increased with increasing silica content. The impact strength of cured samples was not influenced by the silica content. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23613
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this work is obtain multiwalled carbon nanotube reinforced poly(phenylene sulfide) (PPS) nanostructured composites by melt mixing technique and further characterization of their morphological and thermal properties. Transmission electronic microscopy and scanning electron microscopy analysis were performed to evaluate the quality of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) dispersion throughout the PPS matrix. The incorporation of nanofiller in polymeric matrix was responsible for an increase in crystallinity due to heterogeneous nucleation phenomenon. In addition, Avrami, Ozawa, and Mo modeling were used to study the crystallization kinetics of MWCNT/PPS composites. It can be seen from TGA plots (thermogravimetric analysis) an increase in the maximum degradation temperature by the addition of nanofiller in polymeric matrix. POLYM. COMPOS., 2015. © 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
    Polymer Composites 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23619
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this article is to investigate the influence of filler content and temperature on the rheological, mechanical, and thermal properties of wood flour polypropylene composites (WPCs). Testing WPCs at high temperatures and percentages of filler is extremely challenging because of reduced linear viscoelastic region, high viscosity, and degradation. In this work, a complete characterization of WPCs with different filler percentages (0–70 wt%) has been made. Rheological tests are performed at 170°C for the WPCs and in the 170–200°C range for neat polypropylene. A single master curve is obtained using two shift factors that can be described by a modified Eilers model and a Williams-Landel-Ferry equation. This master curve, fitted with a Carreau-Yasuda model, can be very useful for predicting the viscosity of WPCs at temperatures that are typically used during processing and for any percentage of filler.
    Polymer Composites 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23546
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, the effect of natural fiber surface treatment with maleated polyethylene (MAPE) is presented to improve the mechanical properties of natural fiber composites (NFC). In particular, a simple dry blending technique was used to disperse natural fibers (agave) in a polymer matrix (linear low density polyethylene) and produce samples via compression molding. The effect of fiber content was also studied (0, 10, 20, 30, and 40 wt%) and the samples were characterized in terms of morphology, density, hardness, as well as mechanical (tensile, flexion, and impact) and thermal (DSC and TGA) properties. The results show that the simple dry-blending method is efficient to produce homogeneous NFC and that surface treatment can substantially improve composite modulus (164%) and strength (121%).
    Polymer Composites 05/2015; DOI:10.1002/pc.23564