Laboratory PROCAMAT

Processing


Pultrusion Line

To manufacture continuous composite profiles of thermoset matrices reinforced with carbon, glass, aramid, and other advanced fibres. Fibre fabrics or roving are pulled off reels, guided through a resin bath or resin impregnation system and subsequently into a series of heated metallic dies to eliminate the excess of resin, obtain the correct shape and cure the resin. The pultruded continuous profile is extracted from the dies by means of hydraulic grips.

Hot-Plate Press (LabPro 400, Fontijne Presses)

To consolidate laminate panels from pre-impregnated sheets of fibre-reinforced composites or nanocomposites by simultaneous application of pressure (up to 400 kN) and heat (up to 400ºC). Both thermoset and thermoplastic matrix composites can be processed.

Physical Simulation of Processing (GLEEBLE 3800, DSI)

To perform laboratory scale simulation of casting, welding, diffusion bonding and hot deformation processing (rolling, forging, extrusion) of a wide range of metallic alloys (steels, Ni-based superalloys, Ti, Al and Mg alloys, etc), as well as their thermo-mechanical characterization.

Hot-Plate Press (LabPro 400, Fontijne Presses)

To consolidate laminate panels from pre-impregnated sheets of fibre-reinforced composites or nanocomposites by simultaneous application of pressure (up to 400 kN) and heat (up to 400ºC). Both thermoset and thermoplastic matrix composites can be processed.

Arc melting and casting furnace (Arc 200, Arcast Inc.)

For melting, alloying, casting, rapid solidification and atomization of reactive and high melting point elements and alloys up to 3500°C using a clean ceramic free cold crucible process. The furnace offers many options including: tilt casting, centrifugal casting, suction casting, zone melting and gas atomization under inert atmosphere or high vacuum.

Resin Transfer Moulding (Megaject MkV, Magnun Venus

To manufacture composite components with excellent surface finish, dimensional stability, and mechanical properties by low-pressure injection of thermoset polymers into a metallic mould containing the fibre preform.

Vacuum Induction Melting and Casting System with Directional Solidification Device (VSG 002 DS, PVA TePla)

System employed for melting of a wide range of metals, alloys or special materials under high vacuum, fine vacuum or different gas atmospheres with subsequent casting into moulds or forms. In addition it is equipped with a directional solidification device, which enables growth of single crystals and aligned columnar structures.

Triple Roller Mill (Exakt 80 E, Exact Technologies)

Machine used to disperse fillers and additive in viscous matrix. The shearing forces to break agglomerate are generated by three hardcrome-plated rollers that rotate at different angular velocities and where gap (minimum 5 µm) and speed setting are controlled electronically. The machine is equipped with a cooling-heating unit which allows the temperature control on roller surface in a range from -10 to 100 °C.

Microstructural Analysis


C-Scan ultrasound non-destructive inspection system (TecniTest)

Equipment to detect and evaluate defects by non-destructive ultrasounds technique. The system finds and determines the size and position of the typical defects in composite materials (voids, delaminations, cracks, etc).

Mechanical Properties


Drop weight impact test system (INSTRON CEAST 9350)

Floor standing impact system designed to deliver 0.59 -757 J of energy. This instrument can be used to test any type of materials from composites to finished products, and is suitable for a range of impact applications including tensile impact.

Fatigue testing system (INSTRON 8802)

High capacity fatigue tester (maximum load is 250 kN) with precision-aligned, high-stiffness load frames that encompass a broad range of static and dynamic test applications from basic metals to larger scale component testing. It is equipped with an environmental chamber for temperature dependent measurements between -150 – 350 ºC. Typical applications of this servohydraulic machines include fracture mechanics, aerospace panels components or structures, etc.

Dual column tabletop universal testing system (INSTRON 5966)

To perform tensile and compression testing; and also perform shear, flexure, peel, tear, cyclic and bend tests at ambient and non-ambient temperature applications. INSTRON 5966 model has 10 kN of capacity and 1756 mm of vertical test space.

Universal electromechanical testing machine (INSTRON 3384)

To characterize the mechanical properties of materials, include fixtures for different tests (tension, compression, bending, fracture), load cells (10kN, 30 kN and 150 kN), and extensometers

Environmental chamber (INSTRON 3119)

To carry out static and dynamic mechanical testing of a wide range of materials and components including metals, plastics, elastomer, textiles and composites in the temperature range of -150 – 600 °C.

Linear density, crimp and tensile tester for single fibres (FAVIMAT+, Textechno)

To characterize mechanical properties of single fibres. This equipment can measure the mechanical resistance, lineal density and crimp. In addition, it is equipped with an especial modulus to carry out measurements on a liquid medium.