Advanced Polymer and Composites (APC) Research Group


We have successfully bid more than one million pounds capital investment in research and development equipment dedicated to polymer, composites and nanocomposites. We are interested in forging collaborative relationships, providing services and consultancy as well as transferring technological knowledge with academia, governmental organisations and industries in the area of polymer materials, polymeric composites and nanocomposites locally, nationally and internationally. Our research interests and capabilities are further complemented by our internationally recognised Mechanical Behaviour of Materials Research Group in the area of fatigue, fracture mechanics, life prediction and failure analysis and Excellence Centre of rapid prototyping and manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical and Design Engineering at University of Portsmouth.

Please click here to download a document of facilities dedicated to R&D on advanced polymer and composites. [Acrobat (.pdf) - Wed, 25 Jan 2006 15:07:00 GMT]

Our equipment dedicated to polymer composites and nanocomposites is listed below.

  1. Nano-indentation Tester   
  2. Nano-impact Tester
  3. Nano-scratch Tester   
  4. Computer Aided Materials Selection   
  5. Laser Flash Diffusivity Testing Apparatus   
  6. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)   
  7. Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimetry (MDSC)   
  8. Thermogravimetric Analyser (TGA)   
  9. Dynamic Mechanical Analyser (DMA)   
  10. Thermomechanical Analyser (TMA)   
  11. Electrical Conductivity Measurement   
  12. Contact Angle Measurement
  13. Environmental Test Chamber   
  14. UV Accelerated Weathering Tester
  15. Optical Deformation and Strain Measurement System (ARAMIS)
  16. Ultrasonic C-Scanner
  17. Spectrophotometer   
  18. Hardness Measurement
  19. Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometry (ESPI)
  20. Electronic Shearography
  21. In-Plane and Through-Plane Electrical Conductivity Measurement
  22. Hot Hire Thermal Conductivity Measurement
  23. Laser Flash Thermal Conductivity Measurement
  24. Positest Pull-off Adhesion Tester
  25. Bench Top Injection Moulding Machine
  26. Vacuum Bagging
  27. Thermoforming   
  28. Compression Moulding   
  29. Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM)   
  30. Mechanical Test with Environmental Chamber   
  31. Instrumented Falling Weight Impact Tester (IFWIT)
  32. Falling Weight Impact Tester
  33. Pendulum Impact Tester   
  34. High Speed Ballistic Impact Test   
  35. Optical Microscopy   
  36. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  37. Multiple Channel Strain Measurement System
  38. Advanced Polymer Composites Learning and Training Platform

Please click below to download the detailed description on R&D Facilities in APC Research Group.

Facilities dedicated to R&D for advanced polymer and composites [Acrobat (.pdf) - Thu, 14 Jan 2010 12:51:00 GMT]