Performance & Properties Analysis Laboratories and Equipment

FLAMMABILITY LABORATORY

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  • Smoke Density chamber
  • Cone calorimeter
  • Radiant panel for flooring materials
  • Radiant panel tester specimens at 30° angle from vertical
  • OSU Heat release tester for aircraft materials
  • Thermal Protective Performance (TPP) – 1 Open flame only
  • Thermal Protective Performance (TPP) – 2 Open flame and Quartz tubes
  • Radiant Protective Performance (RPP) – Quartz tubes only
  • Various cabinets and burners for vertical and horizontal flame behaviour of textiles, films, plastics

DURABILITY RESISTANCE TO ACCELERATED AGING LABORATORY

  • Salt fog and humidity test chamber
  • 11 UV aging chambers: Xenon arc, Carbon arc and Fluorescent light
  • 4 Environmental chambers for temperature and humidity cycling
  • 7 ovens for controlled temperature ageing
  • Immersion tanks / test benches for stress cracking, environmental stress under bending and under thermal load
  • 5 Flex resistance cycling equipment
  • Exposure chamber for exposure to soil microorganisms
  • Biological clogging testing cell
  • Chemical immersion tanks

COMFORT LABORATORY

  • WATER VAPOR Permeameter for breathability measurements
  • WINTER BOOT THERMAL COMFORT evaluation Device  (adult and children footwear)
  • Sweating guarded hotplate for insulation against cold (skin model), Total Heat Loss (THL); evaporative resistance
  • Wicking analyser and moisture management tester
  • Kawabata Evaluation system (KES FB1; FB2 ; FB3 ; FB4 and SE)
  • Thermal effusivity and diffusivity

FULLY EQUIPPED VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS (VOC) LABORATORY

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  • Clean room
  • 6 emission test chambers
  • Thermal desorber
  • Gas chromatography – mass spectrum detector (GC-MS)

TOXICITY LABORATORY

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  • UV spectrophotometer: formaldehyde analysis
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC-MS)
  • Flame Atomic Absorption (FAA) for heavy metals content
  • Inductive coupled Plasma (ICP OES) for element content analysis
  • Ion chromatography

PHYSICAL & MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

  • 6 dynamometers for tension, flexion, peel and compression properties of materials from fiber to composite materials. Capacity: from 5N to 300kN. Possibility of tensile properties under controlled environment (-60°C to +250°C ).
  • Multi-Axial Tensile Tester (For Geosynthetics)
  • Shear Strength Tester (Soil)
  • Non-Contact and Video Extensometer
  • Abrasion testers: Stoll, Taber, Martindale and Wyzenbeck
  • Izod Impact Tester
  • Accelerated Creep Testing Apparatus
  • Robinson Floor Tester
  • Dart Drop Impact Tester
  • Gardner-Type Impact Tester
  • Hydrostatic Puncture Tester
  • Air Permeability Tester
  • Gas Permeability Tester
  • Solvent Permeability Tester
  • Oxygen permeameter
  • Water Vapour Permeameter
  • Impact tear strength testers: Elmendorf and PPT
  • Streak analyser
  • Thickness Testing Instruments
  • Asperity Height Contact Gauge

OPTICAL MEASUREMENTS

  • Spectrophotometers d/8°
  • Spectrophotometer 45°/0°
  • UV Transmittance analyser (UPF measurement)
  • Spectrometer UV/Vis/NIR for camouflage pattern evaluation
  • Reflectometer coupled with a goniometer for retroreflective measurements (High-visibility safety vests and signs)
  • Thermal infrared camera: heating textiles measurements and other thermal related R & D measurements

CHEMICAL LABORATORY

  • Microbalance, heating plates, ovens and burrel wrist action shaker for fiber content analysis
  • Leica optical microscope
  • Perspirometer, Crockmeter, Launder-O-meter and burnt gas fumes chamber for colourfastness properties
  • pH meter, conductive meter
  • Various chemicals for synthetic solutions of seawater, swimming pool water, perspiration…
  • Phenolic yellowing test kit
  • Formaldehyde content test apparatus
  • Soxhlet and Accelerated solvent extractors
  • Microwave Reaction system
  • Mathis Jet Dye: Lab scale strip and redye equipment for barré analysis
  • Carbon Black and Ash Content Measuring Device

POLYMERS PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

  • Thermogravimetric Analyzer (Compositional Analysis-Degradation Temperature)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter (Melt or Crystallization Temperature, Transition Temperature, Heat of fusion, Oxidative Induction Time)
  • Melt Flow Indexer
  • Densimeter
  • Pycnometer
  • Brittleness Temperature Impact Tester
  • Stress Cracking Measurement Devices including Sample Preparation Tools: Notch Constant Tensile Load (NCTL); Notch
  • Constant Ligament Stress (NCLS); Bent-Strip Environmental Stress Cracking Resistance (ESCR)
  • Solution Viscometer
  • Durometer
  • Izod Impact Tester
  • Dart Drop Impact Tester

HYDRAULIC LABORATORIES

  • Transmissivity Test Apparatus  
  • Filtration Opening Size Device
  • Air Opening Size Device
  • Wet Sieving Device
  • Gradient Ratio Apparatus
  • Porometer
  • Permittivity Under Load Test Apparatus
  • Geosynthetic Clay Liner (GCL) Permeability Apparatus

PHYSICAL-CHEMICAL EXPERTISE LABORATORY

  • Scanning Electronic Microscope Projectina Optical microscope
  • Infrared analyser FT-IR (including ATR) High Performance Liquid chromatography – MS (HPLC-MS) Gas Chromatography – MS, Headspace sampler (GC/MS)
  • Ionic chromatography
  • Particle size analyser

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