Scientific Partners

Alongside the LUT Department of Polymer Processing (Coordinator and Beneficiary 1), three universities have been invited to the project: University of Applied Sciences of Zwickau in Germany – WHZ (Beneficiary 2), Technical University of Košice in Slovakia – TUKE (Beneficiary 3) and Lviv Polytechnic National University in Ukraine – NULP (Partner Organization 1). The LUT Department of Polymer Processing has already collaborated with two European Union universities in the field of the processing of advanced thermoplastic polymers and composites with a thermoplastic matrix. The first years of cooperation and joint research have been a great success, hence the willingness to continue this cooperation and benefit from the experience of other universities. Universities taking part in this project have extensive experience in the field of processing of thermoplastic polymers and their composites although each university specialises in different processing techniques. As the principle of polymer plasticizing is similar, combining the knowledge of these techniques may lead to the development of new structural and technological solutions applicable to all these techniques. Due to its scope of activity, the Department of Plastics Processing Technologies at the University in Lviv has been invited to join the three European Union universities participating in the project. Among other issues, the Department deals with the preparation and adequate selection of composites ingredients in terms of quality and quantity for purposes of their further processing, including processing with screw plasticizing systems. In addition, the Department has a well-equipped laboratory for the investigation of various properties of polymer composites and nanocomposites. Establishing links with this university will bring multifaceted scientific benefits and long-term cooperation.

Lublin University of Technology (LUT)

The Lublin University of Technology actively participates in EU projects. Among others, the LUT has implemented research projects under the 6th and 7th Framework Programme. The projects deal with, inter alia, the mechanics of composites, particularly resin set composites reinforced with long fibres. The currently implemented project under the 7th Framework Programme, “Centre of Excellence for Modern Composites Applied in Aerospace and Surface Transport Infrastructure”, is aimed at establishing a centre of Excellence for Composites. The LUT also participates in a key project thematically related to polymer composites, entitled “Modern Material Technologies Applied in the Aviation Industry”, co-financed under the European Regional Development Fund through the Operational Programme Innovative Economy for the years 2007-2013.

University of Applied Sciences of Zwickau (WHZ)

The Institute of Production Technology at the University of Applied Sciences of Zwickau coordinates numerous research projects and implements research projects dealing with the properties and processing techniques of advanced polymer composites, particularly composites reinforced with natural fibre, as well as screw processing techniques. These projects include:

  • Investigation of flow properties of caramelizing fluids and the production of structures with integrated visual objects with aggregates using screw processing.
  • Investigations for the development and production of a new sharpening and polishing procedure by means of dosage over hollow fibres and/or hollow monofilaments.
  • Development and production of constructively welded components of natural fibre-reinforced Plastics.
  • Development of a material system for a measuring tube for the three-dimensional static and dynamic measurement value recording.
  • Analysis of the application of a reactive extrusion process to create natural fibre-reinforced granulate material under inert gas environment.
  • Development of fluid-filled hollow parts with 3d structures on the base of polyolefins.

Technical University of Košice (TUKE)

Scientific quality The Technical University of Košice (TUKE) is involved in 24 projects financed by EU funds. The projects cover a wide range of themes, including the involvement of various Departments of civil engineering, metallurgy, mining, electronics and information technology through automotive and aerospace engineering and manufacturing technologies. In addition to these projects, TUKE is involved in an international project COST, government grants VEGA and KEGA and many other projects. The University cooperates in the field of applied scientific research with many Slovak and foreign companies (23) as well as universities. The companies include such firms as Volkswagen Slovakia a.s, Drives and Pumps Ltd., Michalovce, SEZ Krompachy a.s., Fragokov Prešov v.d., Tesla Stropkov a.s. and Johnson Controls Trenčín, Ltd., with which TUKE cooperates on the formation of polymer materials.

Lviv Polytechnic National University (NULP)

The Lviv Polytechnic University is experienced in international projects financed from various sources, including Tempus, CEI, 7 FP, INTAS, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), etc. The Department of Plastics Processing Technology at the Lviv Polytechnic National University whose staff will participate in the exchange conducts intensive scientific and production-oriented research in the field of modern composite materials based on thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers. The research involves the elaboration of a new physical modification method during processing, including the recycling processes of waste materials. The Department conducts scientific research under the State Programme for Ukraine’s Fundamental Scientific Work. It has also implemented a Grant from the President of Ukraine that resulted in the elaboration of the scientific foundations for producing materials filled with polymer-composite dispersions. The Department has implemented a considerable number of projects financed by Ukraine's Ministry of Education and Science, including research into the production of polymers for biomedical purposes and with controlled functionality. In this respect, numerous special investigations into the physicomechanical, physicochemical and other properties have been carried out. The Department has conducted a lot of research work commissioned by industry in order to develop composites with adhesive, heat-resistant and aggressive environment-resistant properties. It has also implemented projects where the processing technologies of new polymers have been developed. The department has conducted research work under the Joint Scientific Technological Research Programme “Ukraine-Poland”.