In the materials testing and analysis laboratories, a wide variety of materials tests are carried out in close cooperation with the HOFZET application centre of the Fraunhofer WKI for the development and investigation of conventional materials and in particular plastics as well as bio-based materials (biopolymers, natural fibre-reinforced composites, paper, etc.) or other products made from renewable raw materials.
In materials testing, for example, a wide variety of mechanical test methods (tensile, compression or flexure test, hardness test and notched bar impact test, heat deflection temperature, computer tomography) are carried out. In addition, chemical stability and long-term properties are analysed through various weathering tests.
Within the scope of material analysis, e.g. particle and fibre analyses, surface analyses as well as tribological tests are carried out.
Various supplementary microscopic analyses (scanning electron microscopy including EDX, light microscopy, heating table microscopy), thermal examinations (rheology, dynamic differential calorimetry, pyrolysis) and optical measuring methods (Fibershape) enable the results to be better interpreted.