• Groene Loper, Building 15, Gemini-zuid 4.139

    5612 AZ Eindhoven

    Netherlands

  • PO Box 513

    5600 MB Eindhoven

    Netherlands

Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The Polymer Technology group of Eindhoven University of Technology provides education on and conducts research in the broad area of Polymer Technology, i.e. the industrial arts of manufacturing of polymer-based products.

Highlighted phrase

"Bridge the gap from molecule via processing to product properties… and back"

Organisational profile

Design of polymer products and shaping processes benefit from a change from experimental trial-and-error to quantitative predictive capability. The main objective is to provide knowledge and models for the prediction and understanding of structure development during processing and the resulting final properties of polymeric products. These properties are determined by intrinsic (molecular) material parameters and, to a great extent, by the processing conditions. 

To bridge the gap from the underlying structure and kinetics of polymers to their respective applications via processing, we use advanced experimental, theoretical, and numerical methods. Central research themes include polymer mechanics and processing, rheology, lifetime assessment, friction and wear, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, and multi-scale mechanics.  

Application areas

Polymers are vital for energy, environment, and health. They are mainly characterized by their low density, ease of processing and shaping, possibilities of functional integration, and an almost unlimited flexibility in molecular design. Moreover they are in most cases relatively cheap. These characteristics determine not only the societal needs for improved polymer systems in a multitude of application areas like protection, isolation, transportation, communication, illumination, packaging, shielding, housing, furniture, clothing etc., but also set the resulting scientific challenges.

Education and collaboration

The Polymer Technology staff is responsible for courses at the BSc, MSc and PhD level. Our contact with industry is ensured via part-time professor positions. 

Our group is an integral part of the Materials Technology Institute connecting materials and mechanics at TU/e for more than 25 years. We are also one of the leading participants in the research school Eindhoven Polymers Laboratory. Several members are also affiliated with the TU/e Institute of Complex and Molecular Science.

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Research Output 1974 2019

A numerical model for the development of the morphology of disperse blends in complex flow

Wong, W. B., Hulsen, M. A. & Anderson, P. D., 2019, In : Rheologica Acta. 58, 1-2, p. 79-95

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Numerical models
eccentrics
laminar flow
shear flow
casts

A numerical study of particle migration and sedimentation in viscoelastic couette flow

Spanjaards, M. M. A., Jaensson, N. O., Hulsen, M. A. & Anderson, P. D., 2019, In : Fluids. 4, 1, 19 p., 4010025

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Couette flow
shear thinning
rheology
shear flow
tensors
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
File
Liquid Crystals
Grippers
Liquid crystals
Actuators
actuators

Equipment

LFA Friction Meter

Han Meijer (Manager)

Polymer Technology

Facility/equipment: Equipment

Friction meters
Friction
Controllers

Mechanical testing

Leon Govaert (Manager)

Polymer Technology

Facility/equipment: Research lab

Polymer processing lab

Leon Govaert (Manager)

Polymer Technology

Facility/equipment: Research lab

Prizes

2017 Walters Prize

N.O. Jaensson (Recipient), Martien Hulsen (Recipient) & Patrick Anderson (Recipient), 2018

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

non-Newtonian fluid
fluid mechanics

Best plenary lecture Dutch Polymer Days

Lambert van Breemen (Recipient), 2009

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Best Poster Award at 10th European Symposium on Polymer Blends

Ruth Cardinaels (Recipient), 2010

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Activities 1992 1994

  • 25 Contributed talk

10th Annual Meeting of the Polymer Processing Society (PPS-10), April 5-8, 1994, Akron, OH, USA

Gerrit Peters (Speaker)
6 Apr 1994

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Fourth European Rheology Conference, 4-9 September 1994 Sevilla

Gerrit Peters (Speaker)
4 Nov 1994

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Rheologie pour la transformtion des polymeres fondus, Colloque des 20 et 21 septembre, 1994 Strassbourg, France

Gerrit Peters (Speaker)
20 Sep 1994

Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

Research areas

Applied Rheology and Process Modeling

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Chaotic Mixing and Multi-phase Flows

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Contact and Surface Mechanics

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Student theses

Computational plasticity for very large strains: a Eulerian approach

Author: Dautzenberg, L., 30 Jun 2013

Supervisor: Peerlings, R. (Supervisor 1), Geers, M. (Supervisor 2), van Dommelen, J. (Supervisor 2) & Hulsen, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Contact mechanics of isotactic polypropylene

Author: Looijmans, S., 2017

Supervisor: Anderson, P. (Supervisor 1) & van Breemen, L. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Craze initiation in glassy polymer systems

Author: Bressers, O., 31 Jan 2002

Supervisor: Meijer, H. (Supervisor 1), van Melick, H. (Supervisor 2), Govaert, L. (Supervisor 2) & den Toonder, J. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master