Surface fracture of a fiber composite. We developed a software for the automatic measurement of fiber content and orientation
Process zone of an EWF (Essential Work of Fracture) specimen. The EWF method can be used to characterize toughness of thin films
Polymer Engineering Lab is committed to the investigation of structural properties of polymers and composites for highly demanding applications particularly in terms of reliability, durability and sustainability. Its research activities cover a wide spectrum of application-oriented topics: innovative processing methods for manufacturing new materials and products, the optimization of end-use properties of materials and products pursued through a thorough analysis of the microstructure-to-properties relationships and the numerical modelling of systems that mimic the final application, the assessment of materialís and productís durability via prediction of short and long-term behaviour by means of advanced characterization methods developed on purpose. The research is often carried out in cooperation with polymer and composites manufacturers, polymer processing companies and end-users in fields such as transportation, electronics, sports and consumer goods.