Polymer Engineering Equipment

EQUIPMENT AT THE SIDNEY L. OLSON RESEARCH CENTER

Equipment listed is housed in the Sydney L. Olson Research Center located at 260 S. Forge St., Akron, OH 44325. All equipment is available to Industrial users on a fee for service basis. Inquiries regarding using the equipment should be directed to: Mark Holtman by phone at 330-972-6008 or by e-mail at holtman@uakron.edu.


GE X-Ray Model XRD-6

  • Instrument functions according to Brentano parafocusing geometry for recording diffraction data in the Bragg angle range from -10° through 0° to 165° 2?
  • Reserved exclusively for Pole Figure measurement
  • Located in Olson 16

Bruker AXS Dimension D8 X-Ray System

  • Cu Ka radiation, point source filtered with a graphite monochromator
  • X-ray point collimation to various illumination sizes (0.8, 0.5, 0.2, 0.1, & 0.05 mm)
  • Two-dimensional x-ray detector with 0.04° angle resolution at 15 cm sample-to-detector distance
  • Laser / Video microscope sample alignment system
  • Structure research, phase analysis, and stress and texture measurements
  • Ideal for inhomogenous samples, small devices, and three-dimensional objects where discrete regions of a sample are required for x-ray diffraction analysis
  • Located in Olson 16

Veeco Nanoscope IIIA Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)

  • Capable of performing Contact AFM ( solids & fluids), Tapping AFM (solids & fluids), lateral force AFM, Force Imaging, Interleave Scanning, Magnetic force imaging, Electric Techniques and VEECO's nano-mechanical mapping
  • Located in Olson 25

Olympus BX51 Microscope System

  • Instec Hot/Cold Stage
  • Temperature range -190° to 400°C
  • Polarizers
  • Compensators (Brace Kohler and Thick Berek)
  • Located in Olson 103

Leitz Laborlux Microscope System

  • Instec Hot/Cold Storage
  • Temperature range -190° to 400°C
  • Located in Olson 201E

Microstar Cyro Ultra Microtome

  • Preparation of samples for SEM and TEM
  • Located in Olson 201E

Tech Pro ViscTech Moving Die Rheometer

  • Mooney Viscosity via ASTM D1646
  • Located in Olson 25

Bohlin (Malvern) RH7 Capillary Rheometer

  • Dual Bore
  • Bagley Correction Capable
  • Can be set up for fiber pulling
  • Located in Olson 25

Gemini (Malvern) Rotational Rheometer

  • -10° to 105°C Temp Range
  • Parallel Plate
  • Located in Olson 103

TA Instruments Model Q2000 Modulated Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)

  • Temperature range -90°C to 550°C
  • 0.5 – 100 mg sample size
  • Located in Olson 201D

TA Instruments Model 2920 Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)

  • Room Temperature to 725°C
  • Inert atmosphere above 600°C
  • Located in Olson 201D

TA Instruments Model Q50 Thermogravimetric Analysis Instrument (TGA)

  • Room Temperature to 1000°C
  • Inert atmosphere or air; 0.1 - 100°C/min
  • Located in Olson 201D

TA Instruments Model 2950 Thermogravimetric Analysis Instrument (TGA)

  • Room Temperature to 1000°C
  • Inert atmosphere or air; 0.1 - 100°C/min
  • Located in Olson 201D

TMI ASTM Izod and Notched Izod Impact Tester

  • Equipped with 2,5,10 and 30 lb hammers
  • Located in Olson 25

Nicolet 380 FT/IR

  • Liquid Nitrogen Cooling
  • Microscope
  • Transmission, and ATR Capable
  • Located in Olson 201F

Illinois Instruments 8001 Oxygen Permeation Instrument

  • Room Temperature Only
  • RH available from 20% - 90% on both O2 and N2 streams
  • Measures OTR from 0.008 - 432000 cc/100 in²/day (0.0005 - 28000cc/m²/day)
  • Gas Pressure 25 - 45 psi
  • Located in Olson 201C

ABBE Mark II Refractometer

  • Refractive index measurements of liquids and thin films
  • Located in Olson 201F

Hommel T500 Surface Profiler

  • Provides various measures of surface roughness
  • Located in Olson 201E

Iwamoto BiAxial Stretcher

  • Minimum sample size of 13 cm X 13 cm
  • Minimum stretch rate is 1 mm/sec; Maximum stretch rate 99 mm/sec
  • Temperature range of 25°C to 100°C is possible
  • Stress vs Strain curves can be reported
  • Can report Extension Ratio, % Extension or Strain
  • Located in Olson 25

Emitack K575X Sputter Coater

  • Gold or Silver Target Available
  • Located in Olson 25

Instron 5567 Tensile Tester

  • 100 N, 1kN, 10 kN, 30 kN, 50 kN load cells
  • Tensile and Compression capable
  • Located in Olson 25

Instron 4204 Tensile Tester

  • Temperature Chamber
  • 100 N, 1kN, 10 kN, 30 kN, 50 kN load cells
  • Tensile and Compression capable
  • Located in Olson 25

Carver Compression Press (pictured on left side of photograph)

  • 4000 psi, 300°C
  • Located in Olson 102

Wabash Compression Press (pictured on right side of photograph)

  • 20 ton, 300°C
  • Located in Olson 102

TMP Vacuum Compression Press

  • 35 ton, 300°C
  • Located in Olson 102

Haake Minilab

  • Conical Twin Screws
  • approximate 8 g capacity
  • single temperature zone
  • max temp 300°C
  • Located in Olson 25

DSM Mini Injection Molder

  • 2 heating zones
  • max temp 300°C
  • shot size approximately 12 cc
  • Located in Olson 25

Brabender Prep Center

  • CEE6 Mixing Bowl
  • Banbury, CAM and Roller Blades
  • 200g capacity
  • Located in Olson 102

Brabender Plasticorder

  • REE6 Mixing Bowl, Sigma, Banbury, Roller and CAM Blades
  • 40 - 80 g capacity
  • Single screw extruder attachment with strand die
  • Located in Olson 102

Barwell IM260/1500 Rubber Injection Molder

  • Mold produces ASTM Test Bars
  • 40 g shot size
  • Rubber strip feed
  • Located in Olson 102

Battenfield 80 Ton Injection Molding Machine

  • Produces 4 inch diameter, 3/16 thick plaque
  • Located in Olson 107

55 Ton VanDorn Injection Molder

  • Produces standard ASTM Tensile, Flex and Impact Bars
  • Located in Olson 102

VanDorn 28-80 Injection Molder

  • 28 Ton Press
  • Produces standard ASTM Tesile, Flex and Impact Bars
  • Located in Olson 103

W&P ZSK-30 Co-Rotating Twin Screw Extruder

  • 30 mm screws
  • 28.5 L/D
  • Equipped with ribbon die (1.5" wide x 0.05 thick)
  • 2 Cylindrical Dies, 0.12" in diameter; 0.4" diameter
  • Maximum Temperature 325°C
  • Located in Olson 107

Milacron S Pak 75 Single Screw Extruder

  • 3/4 inch screw, L/D 24
  • Equipped with Capillary Die, Ribbon Die, Dual Strand Die
  • Max temperature 300°C
  • Located in Olson 103

Wayne Blown Film Line

  • Films can be blown in the 1 - 3 mil range
  • Max width 6-8 inches depending on material
  • Equipped with 3/4 inch screw, LD 24
  • Located in Olson 103

TA Instruments Q800 DMA Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer

  • Located in Olson 201F
  • Provides viscoelastic measurements on materials from 1000 Pa to 1000 GPa
  • Temperature range of operation is -150 to 600 deg C
  • Frequency range of operation is 0.01 to 200 Hz
  • The force range is 0.0001 to 18 Newtons
  • The amplitude range is 0.5 to 10,000 microns
  • Module is designed with a full VGA touch control color screen, automated furnace movement, and easy clamping accessibility
  • Available clamps include 3 point bending, compression, dual cantilever and shear

TA Instruments DHR-II Discovery Hybrid Rheometer

  • Parallel Plate
  • Temperature range is -160 °C to 600 °C with heating rates up to 60 °C/min.
  • Resolution of 10 nanoradians
  • High angular velocity to300rad/s
  • Normal force up to 50N
  • TRIOS Software for performing Flow, Step Transient (Creep and Stress Relaxation), and Oscillation experiments
  • Torque range of 2 nN.m to 200 mN.m
  • Located in Olson 115A

Dimension Ikon AFM

  • Located in NPIC 105A
  • Scanner range: X-Y scan range 90µm x 90µm typical, 85µm minimum; Z range 10µm typical in imaging and force curve modes, 9.5µm minimum
  • Sample size/holder: 210mm vacuum chuck for samples, = 210mm diameter, = 15mm thick
  • Contact mode, Tapping Mode, Lateral force Microscopy, STM, Magnetic Force Microscopy, ScanAsyst / PeakForce Tapping, Fluid Imaging, QNM (nanomechanical Mapping), Surface Potential Microscopy, Phase Imaging, Lift Mode (enables MFM/EFM), Force curve and pulling, Torsional Resonance Mode, Piezo Response

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