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Facilities and Services

Manufacturing facilities, surface modification facilties and methods to produce polymer and composite materials: 

  • Continuous composite line (with in-line plasma surface treatment of fibres, impregnation with thermoplastic polymer and consolidation to produce pre-pregs)
  • Atmospheric Plasma Spray and Polymerisation Unit
  • Low Pressure Plasma sytem with temperature control, power treatment cell, high temperature attachement suitable for Plasma-enhanced CVD
  • Continuous filament winding (in-line plasma treatment, impregnation with thermoset resin and winding on plates to produce laminates for consolidation)
  • small scale Injection moulding (also suitable for short-fibre and nanofiller composites)
  • mini and micro-Twin-screw melt extrusion (for particulate and carbon nano-tube incorporation)
  • Polymer melt fibre spinning line and conditioning unit (DSM Xplore)
  • Polymer mixing and compounding using a Brabender unit
  • Single Screw Brabender Extruder with Gas Foaming Capabilities
  • 3D Deposition (or 3D Plotter) for the fabrication of 3D polymer structures or the deposition of tailor made formulations
  • UV-Lighthammer
  • Printability Tester (Flexo, Gravure, Screen and Coater, Laminator)
  • Compression Moulding (Hot presses)
  • High Temperature Furnaces with controlled environment and atmosphere
  • Thermally induced phase separation facility for the production of highly porous foams
  • Handsheet Former
  • Freeze-driers
  • 2x 5L instrumented bioreactor (fermentor) for bacterial cell culture and fermenation
  • Glove box
  • large scale Centrifuge (volume up to 1.5L) for spepartion of nanoparticles or whatever else
  • Grinding/polishing machine
  • Grinders and Mills
  • Diamond saw
  • Microtome 
  • CryoMill (Ball Mill)

Characterisation techniques

Surface and interface analysis:

  • Drop Scape Analysis for the determination of dynamic contact angles (on hydrated and dry surfaces), sliding anglessurface and interfacial tensions (one instrument with high temparture cell (up to 400°C) and one istrument with high pressure cell (700 bar at 200°C) equipped with high pressure CO2 pump)
  • Wilhelmy Balance for the determination of fibre perimeters (diameters) and dynamic contact angles
  • Spinning Drop Tensiometer
  • Zeta potential (streaming potential and electrophesis instruments)
  • Tensiometry for surface and interfacial tension, sedimentation, and contact angle measurements on porous media and fibres
  • mini Langmuir-Blodgett Trough
  • Pycnometer (skeleton and envelope density)
  • BET surface analysis
  • iGC
  • Adhesion (single fibre pull-out testing)
  • Table top SEM
  • Optical Micro- and Macroscopes equipped with hot stages

        Thermal Analysis:

    • DSC (Differential scanning calorimetry)
    • DMTA (Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis)
    • TGA (Thermogravimetric anlysis)
    • Rheometer (couette, plate-to-plate, capillary)

      Polymer/fibre and bulk analysis:

    • Chemistry and polymer synthesis labs
    • Gel permeation chromatography (GPC) systems with water and THF mobile phases
    • Single and small scale fibre tensile, flexural and compression testing
    • Single Fibre Pull-out tester and Fibre Embedment for preparation of single fibre composites
    • Dynamic Vapour Sorption (moisture and vapour uptake)
    • Conductivity testing
    • Gas and Liquid permeability testing (Hg-permability, permeabilty distributions, porosity, turtuosity and effective pore length, pressure drop and water- transmission-rates)
    • Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry (MIP)
    • Differential Refractometer
    • Dielectric Spectrometer
    • Quartzcrystal Microbalance
    • Particle-Sizing Instruments (2mm - 2nm)


     

     

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