Processing for Enhanced Product Performance

Engineering polymers are used in a multitude of load-bearing applications where structural integrity and long-term reliability are of the extreme importance. At present their reliability can only be warranted after full-scale testing of actual products. This procedure is costly and time-consuming, hampering product optimization and a flexible response to market demands. We intend to develop new experimental methods, tools and protocols that allow a fast and accurate estimation of lifetime of load-bearing polymer constructs, taking into account the interaction of the structural performance with processing and shaping conditions. Such tools will enable structural optimization in very early stages of design, leading to lighter, more reliable products with short time-to-market and enhanced service life. This research will be carry out on polyamides.

Research type: experimental