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Projects

Adhesion and Delamination Mechanisms of Multilayer Organic Field Joint Coatings on Carbon Steel

Adhesion and Delamination Mechanisms of Multilayer Organic Field Joint Coatings on Carbon Steel

Carbon steel pipelines to transport hydrocarbons installed in the sea need to be coated for corrosion protection on the one hand and for insulation to maintain the temperature of the pipe contents on the other hand. At first, this polymer coating is factory applied to the whole length of the pipe, but afterwards cut back (ca. 40 cm) at the ends of each section (12 m) to allow the offshore welding ...

Towards dynamic preventive self-restoring of thin films based on photo-reversible covalent networks

The objective of this project is the synthesis, characterization, and optimization of novel thin cross-linked polymer films with multiple reversible covalent bonds. Such films could find application as a sustainable self-restoring alternative for regular surface coatings prone to fatigue- and micro damage, thus reducing the use of raw materials and the emission of harmful components into the ...

ISHECO

a self healing strategy will be developed for reinforced concrete. Possible routes are (i) a coating on the concrete (ii) coating on the steel rebars (iii) water absorbing polymers in the concrete.

Electro-spinning and characterization of nanofibres from polymer blends

Nanofibres obtained through solution electrospinning have gained an exponential interest in the international scientific community over the last decade. Thanks to the extremely fine fibres, specific and unique characteristics appear such as high specific surface area, small pore size and high porosity. Most of the effort in electrospinning has been spent on the spinning of various single ...

SHREC - Self-HEaling and REpairing Coatings

SHREC is short for Self-HEaling and REpairing Coatings. SHREC is an ICON project within the SHE program context. The SHREC project looks into the concept of self-healing for coatings both for micro-scratches and for macro-scratches. Micro-scratches will be healed using incorporation of microcapsules with a self-healing compound. Macro-scratches will be tackled by use of a shape-memory ...

Phase separation kinetics of aqueous polymer systems by means of modulated temperature DSC

Phase separation kinetics of aqueous polymer systems by means of modulated temperature DSC

The phase behaviour of thermo-responsive aqueous polymer systems was studied by means of Modulated Temperature DSC (MTDSC). The systems investigated in this work display an LCST-type of demixing behaviour around physiological temperatures, which makes them appropriate for biomedical or pharmaceutical applications, like controlled drug delivery. A new analysis methodology was developed using ...

Nanocomposite thermoplastic polymer sheets for medical applications: influence of processing conditions on material properties

Nanocomposite thermoplastic polymer sheets for medical applications: influence of processing conditions on material properties

This project was performed in collaboration with Orfit Industries, a company developing and producing thermoplastic sheets for immobilization purposes in the field of physical rehabilitation and radiation oncology. The aim of this study was to reduce the sheet thickness without having to compromise on mechanical performance. To achieve this objective nanocomposite polymeric materials were made ...

Molecular mixing in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells - nanomorphology vs performance

The photovoltaic behavior of organic bulk heterojunction (BHJ) blends of conjugated (donor) polymers and fullerene (acceptor) derivatives has been subject of many studies in fundamental chemistry and physics since its initial discovery in 1995. From the general understanding at this moment, the nanomorphology of the active layer blend seems to be crucial. The latter is the result of a complex ...

SECEMIN: SElf-healing CEmentitous and MINeral building materials.

SECEMIN: SElf-healing CEmentitous and MINeral building materials.

Aim of the current SBO-project (SIM SHE program on Engineered Self-Healing Materials) is to develop new routes and to further elaborate on concepts for autonomous self-healing of cementitious and mineral building materials. Important objectives are: - regain impermeability of the material and as such safeguard the durability of the structure ("sealing") - restore mechanical properties of the ...

ICON2 PUrePair: Polyurethane foams and elastomers with autonomic repair.

ICON2 PUrePair: Polyurethane foams and elastomers with autonomic repair.

To eliminate the negative effects of the ageing of plastics, a self-healing approach can be used that is triggered by a degradation mechanism, like e.g. cracking. In this way, a repair function is integrated within the material itself and eliminates the need for human intervention and/or repair. This should ultimately lead to several advantages: - A longer lifetime of the product itself - The ...

NANOFORCE - Next generation nano-engineered Polymer-Steel/CNT Hybrids (NaPoS)

NANOFORCE - Next generation nano-engineered Polymer-Steel/CNT Hybrids (NaPoS)

The Nanoforce SIBO program focuses on lightweight and multi-functional polymer-steel (fibre/cord/plate) hybrids and composites based on aligned carbon nanotubes (aCNTb's) to allow for breakthrough materials resulting in: Energy Savings (through novel lightweight structural materials), Optimal use of natural resources (by reducing energy consumption during manufacturing and use of products made ...

Novel Active Protection Systems On Metals (NAPROM)

Novel Active Protection Systems On Metals (NAPROM)

This SBO-project NAPROM is part of the SIBO network SHE and is focusing on the development of novel active protection coatings for metal surfaces, based on self-healing polymers combined with corrosion inhibitors.

RheoDSC – Development and experimental exploration of a hybrid analytical technique for simultaneous rheological and calorimetric measurements

RheoDSC – Development and experimental exploration of a hybrid analytical technique for simultaneous rheological and calorimetric measurements

To study transformations involving changes in both rheological and thermal properties and to study the influence of flow and flow-induced transitions, a hybrid experimental technique allowing for simultaneous rheometric and calorimetric measurements was developed. The project started from the design and development of a prototype RheoDSC, supported by numerical modelling of the heat transfer and ...

GREENCOAT: Development of “Green” Coatings with Multifunctional Properties

GREENCOAT: Development of “Green” Coatings with Multifunctional Properties

The objective of the project is the creation of metal surfaces for construction applications with multifunctional properties in an eco-friendly and a time efficient way by atmospheric plasma processing. - Multifunctional means that depending on the application several properties are required at the same time for optimal performance. - Eco-friendly means the use of organic solvent free systems ...

 Nanostructuring, morphological stability, and mechanism of charge transfer in conjugated polymer/fullerene blends for organic photovoltaic cells. An experimental and theoretical study

Nanostructuring, morphological stability, and mechanism of charge transfer in conjugated polymer/fullerene blends for organic photovoltaic cells. An experimental and theoretical study

The aim of this project is to contribute to the fundamental insights into the mechanisms and criteria that affect the efficiency and stability of 'exciton' solar cells, based on the 'bulk heterojunction' concept. In this type of photovoltaic cells, foto-induced excitons (hole-electron pairs) that are formed in a donor phase of a phase separated system, must diffuse towards the (nano)interface ...

Modelling flexo-graphic plate imaging

Modelling flexo-graphic plate imaging

The objective of the project is to develop a simulation tool for the Direct Flexo Imaging technique, which is a more efficient, productive and environmentally friendly technique for producing flexographic printing plates than current techniques available on the market. The project will involve the modelling of the laser irradiation and the resulting photopolymerization.

Phase behaviour and rheology of solutions and blends of conjugated polymers

Phase behaviour and rheology of solutions and blends of conjugated polymers

The goal of this project is to get insight in the fundamentals of the solution and phase behaviour of conjugated polymers in specific solvents, on the one hand, and to extend this knowledge to the rheological behaviour under shear or extension, on the other hand. This is extended from solutions of conducting polymers to mixtures of conjugated polymers with fullerene derivatives. These material ...

TRAP - Insitu: Tools for investigating the properties of nanoparticle suspensions during processing

This SBO project is part of the Horizontal Research Programme TRAP - Tools for rational processing of nanoparticle based materials that is funded by the Strategic Initiative for Materials - Flanders. The consortium for this SBO proposal is composed of five academic partners that are experts in experimental approaches for material characterization in different domains, and include KU Leuven ...