EQUIPMENT AND METHODS

Equipment and Methods

In the wood polymer composites division, R&D projects from the lab- up to the pilot plant scale can be realized using own equipment. In addition, equipment of the JKU is available via various joint projects.

 

Pilot plant scale equipment

Extrusion/Compounding

  • WPC/NFC extrusion line Cincinnati Fiberex K38 (6-fold gravimetric dosing)
  • Co-extruder CE 42
  • Various extrusion tools, including slit die rheometry
  • Brabender DSE 20/40 (5-fold gravimetric dosing)
  • Brabender KDSE 32
  • Hot die face pelletizing system Erema KG 80
  • Under water granulation system Econ EUP 50
  • Strand granulation system
  • Henschel heating/cooling mixer FML 10 / KM 23 (10 L)

 

Injection molding

  • Wittmann-Battenfeld HM 1300/350 (equipped for thermoplastics and thermosets)
  • Dryer Wittmann-Battenfeld Drymax Aton2 F 120 kompakt (4 x 30 L, 1 x 50 L)
  • Various tools for different specimens

 

High temperature equipment

  • High temperature oven (2.300°C max., usable volume 6 L)
  • Rotary furnace (1.100°C max.)

 

Material testing / Lab equipment

  • Thermal analysis (DSC/OIT, HDT-A/B/C, TGA)
  • Optical analysis (microscopy, REM, XPS)
  • Mechanical testing (tensile, flexural, compression, impact, falling weight)
  • Fibre/filler characterization (sieve analysis, bulk density, fibre length distribution by FASEP)
  • Rheology (dynamic rheometer Anton Paar MCR 102; Melt Flow Rate MFR)
  • Chemistry lab, incl. fume cupboard
  • Fire testing (single flame, UL 94)
  • Dielectric analysis (curing analytics for thermosets)
  • Tensiometer for contact angle determination (Krüss)
  • Ash content determination (rapid incinerator)
  • Electro-acoustic spectrometer DT1200 for particle size distribution analysis
  • Artificial weathering (Xe-weathering chamber)
  • Climate cabinets
  • Several different saws and a CNC milling machine for sample preparation