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23rd September 2019, Darling Heights

Major equipment investment to boost composites research

The investment will help USQ deliver industry-led projects on next-generation pultrusion and more. © USQ

The investment will help USQ deliver industry-led projects on next-generation pultrusion and more. © USQ

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has invested in a suite of new test equipment to further its composites research.

The US$ 500,000 boost will support USQ’s Centre for Future Materials (CRM) to deliver multi-million industry-led projects on composite railway transoms, next-generation pultrusion, and filament wound cryogenic tanks. The grant secures equipment including TA Instruments HR-2 Discovery Hybrid Rheometer, Nicolet iS50 FTIR, and Netzsch DEA288 Ionic.

TA Instruments HR-2 Discovery Hybrid Rheometer is said to represent the latest technological breakthroughs in rheology, combining rheometer and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis in Film/Fibre Tension, 3 Point Bending, Cantilever Bending, and compression. The environmental test chamber, together with the unique three stage air chiller system, provides the precise temperature control from -100°C to 600°C. Temperature range can be extended to 160°C with optional liquid nitrogen control.

Nicolet iS50 FT-IR spectrometer provides a powerful analytical tool for the real-time deformulation of polymeric materials, according to the university. The FI-IR spectrometer is interfaced either with Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) or Flammability and Flame Toxicity Test

Netzsch DEA288 Ionic is equipped with custom made sensors for monitoring through-thickness cure, temperature and pressure during composite manufacturing. The equipment digitalises composites manufacture with in-process cure optimisation supporting Industry 4.0.

CFM operates a dedicated industry test service for over 1000 business clients across multiple sectors both nationally and internationally.  The popular testing, in compliance with national and international standards, ranges from materials characterisation, polymer analysis, mechanical testing and large-scale structural testing.

www.usq.edu.au

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