Polymers and Composites
The laboratory provides an environment for educational, research, and development activity in composite materials and structures. The laboratory shall to promote applied knowledge, use of composite materials and structures, and provide up-to-date manufacturing and testing facilities.
The fundamental activities are processing development, specimen manufacture, preparation, inspection and monitoring, development of technical solutions, and testing. Components and specimens are produced by filament winding, vacuum infusion, or from prepreg using autoclave, vacuum hot press or vacuum bagging.
Machines in the laboratory:
- Layup facilities for vacuum infusion
The laboratory has a central vacuum pump, vacuum distribution system and custom resin traps, precision scales, and equipment for mixing, monitoring, process control and leakage detection.
- Filament winding machine
The Computer controlled CNC winding machine has 4 axes: spindle, horizontal carriage, cross-feed and eye rotation. The geometrical capacity is mandrel diameter > 800 mm and mandrel length > 4000 mm. A computer controlled electronic tension system with 8 tensioners is integrated.
- Two plastic extruders
- Different types of ovens