Key university Partners

CPMT: Center for Polymer and Material Technologies

The Center for Polymer and Material Technologies, CPMT, of Ghent University Logo CPMTis 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 3 basic research lines are:
  • Processing of polymer materials

This research line studies the processability of different types of polymers (conventional, bio-based, biomedical, high-tech polymers,...) 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

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.

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.

Contact information: Prof. Ludwig Cardon

IDC: Industrial Design Center

The Industrial Design Center is a collaboration of Ghent University and Howest Logo IDC(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.

Within the IDC there are 3 important pillars:
  • 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.

More information: website IDC and website industrieel ontwerpers

Contact information: Prof. Jan Detand

MMS: Mechanics of Materials and Structures

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

Associated partners

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 pre-compliance testing: external companies or spin-off activities of the university.

TP Vision with the Material Test Center (MTC)

TP Vision is founded on the combined assets and skills of two prominent players in the TV business:
Philips TV and TPV Technology.TPVision Logo

TP Vision uses the design expertise and innovative Philips TV heritage 
combined with the operational excellence, flexibility and speed of TPV Technology making TP Vision a dedicated company in the world of visual digital entertainment.

With these combined strengths, TP Vision brings high-quality TV sets to the market: smart and easy to use with sophisticated styling. TP Vision believes in creating products that touch the human senses and are within reach of all consumers in the markets they operate in.

TP Vision engages in developing, manufacturing and marketing Philips branded TV sets in Europe, Russia, Middle East, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and selected countries in Asia-Pacific excluding China. TP Vision is the exclusive brand licensee of Philips TVs for these countries.

The Company is fully owned by TPV.

TPV has a history in the global display industry of over 40 years and has become a leading display solution provider, specialising in the design and production of monitors and LCD televisions. TPV is part of an industry group with operations in semiconductor and electronics components. TPV designs and produces PC monitors and LCD TVs on an ODM basis and is the largest monitor manufacturer in the world and one of the biggest TV ODM in terms of unit shipment.

TP vision fits within the P3Lab as a product pre-compliance and testing center. It is certified on ISO17025 base and works under supervision of SGS CEBEC.

Lab facilities:

Certificaat TP Vision

- Safety lab: MTL (Manufacturer Test Lab)

- EMC test lab:EMC Kooi TPVision
  • 2 FAR’s (EMC/RF) & 1 shielded room (RF)+ peripheral equipment (ESD/…)
  • Pré-compliance testing according TV/IT-Telecom EMC standards
  • Wireless validation (internal test procedures)
  • 3th party measurements & customer defined setup possible
  • Debug location available

- Environmental lab:

  • Temperature chambers
  • Temperature change chambers
  • Climate chambers
  • Shaker: electrodynamic shaker with slip table
  • Drop test: max. 1200mm height with 200 kg

Domains Covered:

  • Safety: IEC/EN60065
  • Electro-magnetic compatibility: CISPR/ EN55013, 55020, 55022, 55024, 55035
  • Human exposure to electro-magnetic field: IEC/ EN62311
  • Radio spectrum matters: ETSI/ EN301489
  • Radiated Power: ETSI/ EN300328, 301893
  • Power consumption: EN/ IEC62087
  • ...

Partnerships with TP Vision

Contact information: Kurt Danneel

EMC research group - Dept. of Information Technology (INTEC)

  • CAD for broadband interconnectAntenne Intec emc group
  • 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:

Contact information: Prof. Daniël De Zutter

Department of Textiles

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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:

Contact information: Dr. Frederik Leys