Polymer processing & characterization (P2C)



Technical and scientific expertise

  • Processing of polymers and composites: extrusion, 3D printing, RTM/SQRTM resin transfer moulding
  • Characterisation of polymers and composites: thermal analysis, rheological analysis, mechanical and thermomechanical analysis
  • Technical advice and consultancy, training of industrial R&D engineers
  • Characterisation/testing/analysis performed by highly qualified UCLouvain personnel

Main equipment

Wide range of analysis and characterisation techniques in the field of macromolecular materials

  • Polymer and composite processing
    • Laboratory twin screw extruders with the option of water-assisted extrusion with accessories such as a pelletiser, injection moulding system and filament and film reel
    • 3D printing machines suitable for conventional and high-performance thermoplastics
    • Closed moulds (RTM/SQRTM) for the manufacture of composites
  • Thermal analysis
    • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) (+ Flash DSC + High Pressure DSC)
    • Thermogravimeter
    • Water vapour adsorption gravimeter
  • Rheological characterisation
    • Strain/stress-controlled shear rheometers
    • Rheometer with filament stretching (Vader1000) or on the extensional viscosity device (EVF)
  • Mechanical characterisation
    • 100N and 10kN tensile machine
    • Non-contact video extensometer
    • Temperature chambers (-100°C + 350°C and cooling module for LN2)

Get an overview of the platform’s facilities via a virtual tour.


  • Characterisation of polymers and composites

Services available to

  • UCLouvain students and researchers
  • Non-UCLouvain parties


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