Center for Polymer and
Advanced Composites


Capabilities and Facilities

We offer specialized testing services in several areas chemical, mechanical and thermal characterization. Using our advanced polymer chemistry and testing laboratories, our center also analyzes processing and manufacturing research. Look below to learn more about the capabilities offered.

Capabilities – chemical characterization

Structural and chemical analysis

  • Nicomp 380/zls
    • Particle sizing and zeta potential
  • Viscotek 300 TDA GPC
  • Veeco dimension 3100 AFM
  • Griffin analytical technologies GS/MS
  • Nicolet 6700 FTIR
    • Transmission and ATR geometries
    • Raman module

Other systems on campus

  • Several SEM and TEM units
  • Raman spectrometer
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
  • Access to environmental effects facility
    • Hypervelocity impact
    • Ozone testing
    • Solar simulator
    • Vacuum ultraviolet

Capabilities – mechanical and thermal characterization

  • TA instruments DSC
    • -70 to 350 °C
    • High resolution and modulated
    • TA Instruments TGA
      • 1000 °C
      • Modulated capabilities
    • Two DMA unit si
      • TA instruments RSA III (strain controlled)
        • -150 to 500 °C, 35 N
        • Seiko EXSTAR 6000 (stress controlled)
          • -150 to 500 °C, 35 N
    • TA Instruments AR G2 rheometer
      • -160 to 600 °C
    • Two instron systems
      • Model 4505 (environmental control)
        • -100 to 100 °C
        • Load cells to 20,000 lbs
        • Model 5500
          • Load cells to 1,000 lbs
          • Equipped with camera

Capabilities – processing and manufacturing

Melt processing

  • Leistritz 18 mm 40 L/D twin screw
    • Vacuum and liquid addition ports
  • Battenfeld 50 ton injection molding press
    • Multipart test mold
  • Wayne single screw extruder
    • Single and multi-filament fiber dies and heat set system and cast film die

Braiding and winding

  • Wardell 135 x 2 strand duel braider with side tension and resin application
  • Wardell horizontal composite braider 15’ take off
  • Torchon lace braider
  • CAD controlled variable speed, variable tension horizontal braider
  • Cobra filament winder with simultaneous resin application.

Facilities

  • 1518 Composites 
  • 1568 Instrumentation
  • 1558 Chemistry
  • Processing of Composite Lab
Last Updated: Apr 07, 2017

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