November is here and it’s time for elections, cooler weather (maybe!) and celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones. It’s also time to get out and meet some of the other SPE-STX members at our upcoming Top-Golf Networking event.
It will be on Tuesday Nov 15th from 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM. You don’t need any golf experience to come and enjoy this event. Register now at www.spe-stx.org. With over 300 members in the South Texas section, there’s a good chance you might meet a new customer, supplier, or future employer by attending our meetings and social events. That’s one of the benefits of being a member in our organization.
Speaking of member benefits, another nice benefit of being a part of the SPE organization is a new tool that SPE is making available to its members on its website. This month, the Material Database has been added to the SPE website as a resource for members. It contains datasheets for over 120,000 plastic resins and additive grades. It also contains a function to search materials by criteria to assist you in finding the perfect product for your application. Check it out on www.4spe.org
Next Breakfast Bunch Meeting
When: December 6, 2016
Where: I-Hop, 6508 Washington Ave., 77077, 7:00 AM (map)
Breakfast Bunch Meetings - The first Tuesday of each month all year.
Join the South Texas Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers on LinkedIn. Click on the above link and you will be directed to group page. LinkedIn serves as another communication tool for SPE-STX.
LinkedIn is a free web site for professional networking with over 300 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
LinkedIn enables discussions and networking between SPE-STX members and those related to the plastics industry. LinkedIn compliments the current SPE-STX web and membership to LinkedIn is free.
LinkedIn SPE-STX group currently has over 375 members as of 2014. To date, the tool has been used primarily to promote and discuss SPE-STX meetings.
Members are also notified of meetings from board members plus email blasts sent by SPE International.
As always, both the monthly newsletter and SPE-STX web site are the leading sources of information on SPE-STX activities.
Baylor University Gift Acknowledgment
Letter for the Mechanical Engineering Excellence Fund
The Houston Public Library on McKinney has resources on plastics and polymers. Check out their catalog at http://catalog.houstonlibrary.org. If you are not near the McKinney location, you can arrange to pick up your books at your local branch.
The Fondren Library at Rice University has the most complete collection of books on plastics and polymers. This is also a prime resource for patent and trademark information, as well as other US Government documents. You cannot check out books there unless you join Fondren Library [$50], but you can arrange for books to be sent to your library by inter-library loan. Use their catalog at http://library.rice.edu/.
The next best place to browse is at the MD Anderson Library at the University of Houston central campus. South Texas Section has donated many plastics books to this library. If you plan ahead, you can get a TexShare library card from a library where you are a member, which will allow you to check out books from any U of H library. Their catalog is at http://www.library.uh.edu/.
We have our 2016-17 officers and board members. Thanks to everyone of you for supporting the STX-SPE section.
Click here to see all of our volunteers for this year.
Laıs Vasconcelos da Silva,1 Sergio Henrique Pezzin,2 Mirabel Cerqueira Rezende,3 Sandro Campos Amico1
1PPGE3M, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, 91501-970 Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
2Center of Technological Sciences, State University of Santa Catarina, 89219-710 Joinville, Santa Catarina, Brazil
3Institute of Science and Technology, UNIFESP, S~ao Jose dos Campos, S~ao Paulo, Brazil
The use of micro or nano-fillers to optimize the properties of epoxy resins has become a common practice. The Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are considered excellent fillers because of their strength, stiffness, thermal conductivity, electrical capacity, and thermal stability, along with large electromagnetic wave absorption capability in the microwave range. In this work, electromagnetic absorption properties and dynamic-mechanical response obtained with the incorporation of CNT into glass fiber/epoxy composites have been studied. A novel procedure to disperse and deposit CNT onto glass fiber fabrics has been developed to reach high overall content of CNT in the composite (4.15 wt%). Storage modulus increased with the incorporation of CNT, especially when they had also been incorporated into the epoxy, and for higher frequency (3 Hz). The response of the composites to electromagnetic radiation has shown an increasing trend for higher CNT content (up to 2 wt%), reaching an excellent attenuation value of up to 218.3 dB (98.5% of absorption). POLYM. COMPOS., 37:2277–2284, 2016. VC 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers
|01/13/17 (pending)||Arnold's Friday Night||Annual Friday Night at Arnold's Brewery||Social||Arnold's Brewery||TBD|
|International Polyolefins Conference||Various Subjects||Polyolefins||Hilton Houston North, Houston, Texas||All Day|
|05/09/17||Awards Banquet||Student Presentations and Awards|
|09/09/17||Kickoff Event||Houston Cougars Tailgating Party and Game||Social||TDECU Stadium|
President – Kevin Alexander
Vice-President – Dell Doyle
President/Chair-elect – Steve King
Treasurer –Peter Lauzon
Secretary – Ashley Raines
Councilor – Ed Bourbonais
Awards –Edgard Chow
Education – David Hansen
Housing – Iman Bahrani
Membership – Steve King
Newsletter –Dell Doyle
Public Interest – Dave Hansen
Technical Program – Steve King
Polyolefins Conference – Chuck Crosby
Golf Outing – April Hix
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