Analytics and material testing

The group “Analytics and Material Testing” conducts research projects and helps industrial partners, experts and cooperation partners characterize or assess raw materials, coating materials, coatings and plastics. Our projects and contracts are generally concerned with national and international industrial issues.


Key areas of interest:

  • Physical-chemical analysis programs to characterize/identify materials and determine changes in materials due to temperature, time or stress
  • Failure analyses, clarification of damage mechanisms


Selected analysis methods using infrared spectroscopy, Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermogravimetry (TGA) are accredited in compliance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. We also implement interface analysis methods, gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and characterize liquids and paints with the aid of rheological tests.

Apart from paints/paint constituents and coating systems, typical test objects include plastics/composites, fibres, operating utilities and system components/contamination.


Topics of publicly-funded research projects:

  • UV-curing process for paints/printing inks
  • Activation of plastics and paint adhesion


Research projects:

  • Optimization of the adhesion of water-based coating systems to plastic moulded parts by means of innovative surface modification techniques
  • Optimization of paint adhesion by clarifying the role of plastic additives with regard to heavy-duty mounted parts made from PP materials

 

Analyses and tests

Chemical-physical analysis programs to characterize/identify materials and assess specific material properties