Laboratories

The laboratories of the Polymer Engineering Center have a wide range of polymer-processing machines, including an Arburg 55-ton co-injection molding machine with MuCell capability, a Welding Engineers counter-rotating twin screw extruder, a Brabender batch mixer, an Engel 55-ton tiebarless injection molding machine, a lab-scale t-ton injection molding machine with a Liquid Silicone Rubber unit, blow molding and thermoforming equipment, and a film blowing line. Recently, faculty at PEC received a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant from NSF to acquire a modular, instrumented single-screw extruder with sensors and a multi-function co-injection molding machine as experimental instruments for both research and education at the PEC. In addition, our center has a variety of measuring equipment such as a special patented Sliding-plate rheometer, an AR1000 R&D grade rheometer, a Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA), and an on-loan Thermo-gravimetric Analyzer (TGA) for material characterization.

Equipment

  • Blow Molding Machine
  • Compression Molding Machine
  • Film Blowing Machine
  • Roller Coating Machine
  • Single-Screw Extruder (Extrudex)
  • Lab-Single-Screw Extruder (Brabender)
  • Laser Sintering Machine: DTM SINTERSTATION 2500CI ATC with 30 Watt coherent laser and 3 axis M3ST scanning system
  • Sliding Plate Rheometer
  • Thermoforming Machine
  • Twin Screw Extruder
  • 8-ton Boy Injection Molding Machine with LSR unit
  • 55-ton Arburg Two-color, Co-injection Molding Machine w/ MuCell Capability
  • Special vertical injection molding machine for semi-solid alloy casting

Computing Resources

The PEC computer laboratory is equipped with two SGI (IRIX 6.5) workstations and several Pentium II, Pentium III, and Xeon workstations running Linux and Windows 2000. In-house research codes and many polymer-related commercial CAE software packages, including C-MOLD, CADMOULD, CADPRESS, and Moldflow, are available for educational and research purposes. The commercial compression molding software, CADPRESS, was originally developed at the center.