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    • Effect of heat treatments on the hydrogen embrittlement susceptibility of API X-65 grade line-pipe steel

      G Ananta Nagu Amarnath T K G Namboodhiri

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      Delayed failure tests were carried out on hydrogen charged API X-65 grade line-pipe steel in as received (controlled rolled), normalized, and quenched and tempered conditions. The resistance to hydrogen embrittlement was found in the order of controlled rolled $\gt$ quenched and tempered $\gt$ normalized. The fracture mode in the hydrogen embrittled steel was ductile.

    • Effect of size of copper nanoparticles on its catalytic behaviour in Ullman reaction

      Mohd Samim N K Kaushik Amarnath Maitra

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      The condensation of iodobenzene to biphenyl is an industrially important reaction due to its significant role in organic synthesis as drug intermediates. The reaction takes place in the presence of copper powder as catalyst. We have shown in this paper that the size of the copper nanoparticles as well as its exposed surface area is responsible for the yield of chemical reaction. The uncapped copper powder showed a 43% conversion of iodobenzene to biphenyl in 5 h under our experimental conditions. Same amount of copper nanoparticles (size, ∼ 66 nm diameter) prepared by citrate capping showed 88% conversion of iodobenzene to biphenyl, which increased to about 95% when 8 nm diameter capped copper nanoparticles are used. Surprisingly, 5 nm size copper nanoparticles showed no change in the yield of about 95%.

    • Polypropylene–clay composite prepared from Indian bentonite

      Madhuchhanda Sarkar Kausik Dana Sankar Ghatak Amarnath Banerjee

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      In the present work, a set of experimental polypropylene (PP) clay composites containing pristine bentonite clay of Indian origin has been prepared and then characterized. The polymer clay composites are processed by solution mixing of polypropylene with bentonite clay using a solvent xylene and high speed electric stirrer at a temperature around 130°C and then by compression molding at 170°C. The mechanical properties of PP–clay composites like tensile strength, hardness and impact resistance have been investigated. Microstructural studies were carried out using scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope and the thermal properties were studied using differential scanning calorimeter. Mechanical properties of the prepared composites showed highest reinforcing and toughening effects of the clay filler at a loading of only 5 mass % in PP matrix. Tensile strength was observed to be highest in case of 5 mass % of clay loading and it was more than 14% of that of the neat PP, while toughness increased by more than 80%. Bentonite clay–PP composite (5 mass %) also showed 60% increase in impact energy value. However, no significant change was observed in case of hardness and tensile modulus. Higher percentages of bentonite clay did not further improve the properties with respect to pristine polypropylene. The study of the microstructure of the prepared polymer layered silicate clay composites showed a mixed morphology with multiple stacks of clay layers and tactoids of different thicknesses.

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