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INVESTIGATION OF A SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE - WOOD BIO-PLASTIC COMPOSITES
Bio-polymers have become a focus for developing wood bio-plastic composites since they can be sustainably renewed from agricultural resources. One of the bio-polymers, poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB), has been widely studied ...
ATOMISTIC STUDIES OF DEFORMATION MECHANISMS IN NANOSCALE MULTILAYERED METALLIC COMPOSITES
The goal of this thesis is to understand the interaction between dislocations and various metallic interfaces in nanoscale metallic multilayers (NMM). At lower strain rates, this mean understanding the effect of interfaces ...
Fabrication and characterization of carbon nanotube turfs
Carbon nanotube turfs are vertically aligned, slightly tortuous and entangled functional nanomaterials that exhibit high thermal and electrical properties. CNT turfs exhibit unique combinations of thermal and electrical ...
Orthotropic and Time-Dependent Moisture Diffusion Measurements in Polymer Matrix Composites Using Nuclear Reaction Analysis
Moisture plays a significant role in influencing the mechanical behavior and long-term durability of composites. The objective of this dissertation was to understand the basic concepts of moisture transport in polymeric ...
Microstructural Characterization of Simulated Plastic-Bonded Explosives
Plastic-bonded explosives (PBX) are highly complex molecular composites. Recent mechanical investigations of PBX properties, in particular deformation and failure under uniaxial and cyclic loading, have revealed ...
A single molecule approach for measuring the transport properties and energetics of Membrane proteins in Heterogenous Planar Bio-mimetic assemblies
The significance of transmembrane protein research is well documented. Numerous studies have clearly established the biological, biophysical and pharmaceutical importance that these membrane components serve. Communications ...
THE USE OF BIODEGRADABLE MULCH FOR TOMATO AND BROCCOLI PRODUCTION: CROP YIELD AND QUALITY, MULCH DETERIORATION, AND GROWERS' PERCEPTIONS
Biodegradable mulch may offer the benefits of polyethylene mulch for crop production with the added benefit of biodegradability. Four studies were carried out in Mount Vernon, WA to evaluate biodegradable mulch for tomato (
THE PRODUCTION OF FINE GRAINED MAGNESIUM ALLOYS THROUGH THERMOMECHANICAL PROCESSING FOR THE OPTIMIZATION OF MICROSTRUCTURAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES
The low density and high strength to weight ratio of magnesium alloys makes them ideal candidates to replace many of the heavier steel and aluminum alloys currently used in the automotive and other industries. Although ...
PROCESSING, WEAR, AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF POLYETHYLENE COMPOSITES PREPARED WITH PRISTINE AND ORGANOSILANE-TREATED CARBON NANOFIBERS
Polymers and nanocomposites have been increasingly used for tribological applications over the last few decades. In particular, ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is a high performance polymer with excellent ...