Characterization of recycled plastics and textiles

Recycling is key in the transition to a circular economy. Therefore Centexbel expands its lab equipment to characterize recyclates or to assess the recyclability of materials.

Stereomicroscope

The stereo or stereoscopic or dissecting microscope is an optical microscope designed for low magnification observation of a sample.

XRF

X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is the emission of characteristic "secondary" (or fluorescent) X-rays from a material that has been excited by bombarding with high-energy X-rays or gamma rays.

Accelerated aging tests

The aging of textiles, composites and plastics under the influence of light, temperature and humidity, causes changes in their appearance (decolouration, yellowing, loss of glossiness) and in their physical and chemical properties, often to the point of material failure.
Outdoor textiles, fibre-reinforced composites for wind turbines, cars, trains or airplanes parts and many consumer products demand high long life stability.

SiRoPAD

The sIRoPAD scans the samples distributed on the reflection plate in a continuous pass, measures and saves the results both as a complete file with all information or as Excel files via USB or WLAN on the PC.

Accelerated weathering of plastics

Ultraviolet radiation, temperature, and moisture contribute to material degradation of products exposed to the elements. Accelerated weathering tests simulate these conditions using special environmental chambers and instruments in order to speed up the weathering process and to measure its effects on parts, components, products, and materials.

ISO certified mould

Requirements relating to multipurpose test specimens for plastic moulding materials intended for processing by injection or direct compression moulding.

TABER® Abrasion tester

The TABER Abraser (Abrader) is used to perform accelerated wear testing on plastics, coatings, laminates, leather and other materials.

Cross-Cut tester

The cross-cut test is a method for determining the resistance of paints and coatings to separation from substrates by utilizing a tool to cut a right angle lattice pattern into the coating, penetrating all the way to the substrate.

TABER® Shear / Scratch tester

Method to determine the resistance to shearing, scratching, gouging, marring, scraping and engraving of a variety of flat, rigid specimens.