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Major Equipment Investment to Boost Research

  • Friday, 20th September 2019
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The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has invested in a suite of new test equipment to further its composite research.

The $500 thousand 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 represents 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 -100oC to 600oC. Temperature range can be extended to 160°C with optional liquid nitrogen control.

  • Nicolet iS50 FT-IR spectrometer provide a powerful analytical tool for the real-time deformulation of polymeric materials. 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 composite 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.


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