Key university Partners
The Center for Polymer and Material Technologies, CPMT, of Ghent University is located in the incubation center in Zwijnaarde.
The working field of CPMT is engineering within chemics and electromechanics with a specialization in polymer processing. CPMT provides services for the industry, research and education.
Polymer processing, mould making, flow simulation, additive manufacturing (AM), polymer (multilayer) and composite materials characterization, physical-chemical analyses, product development and optimalization … are amongst the CPMT pursuits.The basic research lines are:
- Advanced polymer processing
This research line studies the processability of different types of polymers (conventional, bio-based, biomedical, high-tech polymers, ... up to micro fibrillar composites) with conventional polymer processing technologies (injection, blow/film/plate (twin-co)-extrusion, thermoforming and compression). Aspects such as specific material characteristics, composition, sustainable use of materials, special processing techniques (e.g. micro-injection, intrusion, gas assisted injection,...) are taken into account.
- Additive manufacturing ('3D printing')
This research line studies the selection and development of new polymer/composite based materials for powder bed fusion (Laser Sintering - LS) and extrusion (Fused Deposition Modelling - FDM). Also the development of printing heads is being studied and the use of AM metal inserts for mould making.
- Material characterization and product optimalization
This research line is applied to validate the processing results of the two research lines mentioned above. Here the relation between material properties, -selection, product development and the actual processing technologies is being studied. By the use of physical and physico-chemical tests, the processing and/or the materials are evaluated.
This ensures some scientific feedback in the loop of the research areas of CPMT.
For several testings (SEM, TEM, XPS, NMR, ...), partner laboratories are contacted.
- Sustainable use and recycling
Studying mixed polymer streams, post-industrial and post-consumer.
Design for/from recycling.
CPMT inlcudes an open product and materials test center (MTC). The MTC combines the current equipment of both CPMT and TP Vision and is looking to expand. It focusses on AM and material testing.
IDC: Industrial Design Center
The Industrial Design Center is a collaboration of Ghent University and Howest (University college West-Flanders). The IDC has academic research, project based research and research in educational context, always with a link with the industry.
IDC also offers a broad range of services in the domain of Industrial Design Engineering.
The groups expertise lays on several aspects of the industrial design process, applying a pragmatic ‘research through design’ methodology.
This is supported by the use of creativity techniques together with iterative prototyping.
- Design for collaborative change
With the focus on the purpose of design as a communication tool to gather and share knowledge, to explore design possibilities, to learn, explore and to reach a conclusion on the design using practical design-related tools.
- Design for User Experience
With the focus on the quality of interaction between products, people and systems. It fully encompasses all aspects, tangible and intangible, of future intelligent products as perceived by users.
- Design for Changing Production
With the focus on the challenges and opportunities of 'low volume manufacturing' and herewith the efficient use of rapid prototyping techniques.
Contact information: Prof. Jan Detand
The activities of the MMS research group are related to the experimental study and the numerical modelling of the mechanical behaviour of materials and structures. Although in principle all materials are being studied, most of the current work is related to the dynamic behaviour of composite materials. Thereto the group has extensive experimental facilities and extensive numerical possibilities.
The group is also involved in impact and fatigue testing of composite materials, in non-destructive material characterization, in continuous inspection and monitoring of structures by means of optical fibre sensors, as well as in general experimental mechanics and advanced finite element studies.
The main industrial application areas are aerospace, automotive, wind and wave energy and sports.
More information: website composites UGent
Contact information: Prof. Wim Van Paepegem
Next to the research groups of the Ghent university association, we have a strong partnership with other relevant activities in the domain of polymer processing, prototyping and testing.
EMC research group - Dept. of Information Technology (INTEC)
- CAD for broadband interconnect
- Modeling of large electromagnetic problems
- Antennas and propagation
- Remote sensing and inverse scattering
- Metamodeling of complex systems
- Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Signal and Power Integrity (SI/PI) - aware modeling and design
More information: emweb.intec.ugent.be
Contact information: Prof. Daniël De Zutter
Department of TextilesThe Department of Textiles of Ghent University has a lot to offer in the field of polymer-based products:
- Longstanding tradition in Textile and Polymer Technology research and services.
- Research in smart (textile) materials: sensors, antenna’s, semi-conductors, batteries,…
- Modeling for optimization of production processes, material properties, behavior during use,…
- ISO 17025 accredited testing lab, a.o. for mechanical, chemical, analytical, durability and flammability testing of polymeric materials
- ERCAT: a research centre specialized in testing and research in the field of artificial turf
- Extrusion facilities, among which a bicomponent filament extrusion line
- Electrospinning of nanofiber non-wovens e.g. for filtration, medical purposes, composite materials,…
More information: http://www.ugent.be/ea/textiles
Contact information: textiles@UGent.be
Centre for Microsystems Technology (CMST)
The Centre for Microsystems Technology (also known as "TFCG Microsystems Lab") is a centre for smart microsystems integration, focusing on design as well as technology research in 6 domains:
- Advanced packaging
- Stretchable microsystems
- Polymer structuring and microfluidics
- Polymer photonics and laser technology
- Smart power
- Display technology
The envisaged applications include ambient intelligence, telecom, energy, displays & lighting and biomedical & health. CMST is an associated lab of IMEC vzw.
More information: www.cmst.be
Contact information: Dr. Frederik Leys