Stereomicroscope

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

Composite materials

Polymer composites are made from a textile reinforcement in a polymer matrix. Centexbel-VKC dispose of the adequate equipment and material expertise to perform detailed analyses of fibre reinforced composites and the materials they are are made from.

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.

Hardness of Plastics and Rubbers

Hardness is defined as a material’s resistance to permanent indentation. It is one of the most measured parameters and often reported on technical data sheets of plastics and rubbers.

Impact test on plastic films

Determination of the energy that causes plastic film to fail under specified conditions of impact of a free-falling dart. This energy is expressed in terms of the weight (mass) of the missile falling from a specified height which would result in 50 % failure of specimens tested.