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Transparent, robust, and machinable hybrid silica aerogel with a “rigid-flexible” combined structure for thermal insulation, oil/water separation, and self-cleaning
Silica aerogel has many attractive properties, but poor mechanical properties severely limit its practical applications. Many reinforcement strategies have been implemented, however, most of which...
Thermoforming process effects on structural performance of carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite parts through a manufacturing to response pathway
Abstract Thermoforming process of thermoplastic-based continuous CFRP’s offer a major advantage in reducing cycle times for large-scale productions, but it can also have a significant impact on the...
Photothermally Enabled Mxene Hydrogel Membrane With Integrated Solar-Driven Evaporation And Photodegradation For Efficient Water Purification
Abstract: Sustainable and energy-efficient water purification making use of solar energy is highly desirable to address water scarcity and pollution crisis. However, it remains a challenge to achieve...
Micro-cavity perfect blackbody composite with good heat transfer towards a flat-plate reference radiation source for thermal imagers
One of the key measures to secure reliable fever screening is to calibrate a thermal imager with an accurate flat-plate blackbody device in real time. We provide durable perfect blackbody plates with...
Improved Potting of Litz Wires for High Power Density Electric Motor
Specific details including selections of process materials, tooling/fixture setups, and a stepby-step procedure for scaling-up demonstrations of the newly developed potting process, namely...
Simulation Led Performance Evaluation and Design of Polymer Composite for Encapsulation of Low-Concentration Photovoltaic Modules
This work is focused on optimizing the properties of encapsulant for low-concentration photovoltaic (LCPV) modules leading to improved electrical power and module life. Thermal conductivity (TC),...
Enhanced thermally conductive and thermomechanical properties of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)/graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) nanocomposites for radiator of electronic components
In this work, multi-layer hot pressing (MLHP) method was used to prepare the graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) filled polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) composites. Effect of GNP content on the viscoelastic...
Innervated, Self-Sensing Liquid Crystal Elastomer Actuators with Closed Loop Control
The programmable assembly of innervated LCE actuators (iLCEs) with prescribed contractile actuation, self-sensing, and closed loop control via core–shell 3D printing is reported. This...
Natural rubber nanocomposites: effect of carbon black/multi-walled carbon nanotubes hybrid fillers on the mechanical properties and thermal conductivity
This work presents the effect of carbon black (CB)/multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) hybridfiller system on the mechanical properties and thermal conductivity of natural rubber (NR) based...