Project: Dynamic mechanical properties and long-term deformation behaviour of viscous materials

Polymers (e.g. plastics and rubber) are often used to reduce the cost and weight of manufactured goods. However, they are viscous and so can deform under stress and over time. This is not ideal for industrial applications, in particular in car manufacturing or water pipes, where materials need to remain stable and predictable over many years. This project will develop methods for measuring viscous materials, including measurements of shape, mechanical properties and deformation rate. The project will also help widen the use of recycled polymer materials as current uptake is limited because of the higher uncertainty and variability in their properties, compared with virgin materials.

Acronym IND05 MEPROVISC (Reference Number: IND05)
Duration 01/10/2011 - 30/09/2014
Project Topic Metrology
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 NPL Management Limited Coordinator United Kingdom
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Partner Italy
4 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
5 CSM Instruments Observer Switzerland
6 NGF EUROPE Limited Observer United Kingdom
7 Schwarzer Norbert Observer Germany
8 Schwarzer Norbert Germany