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Composites and Plastics Fabrication Laboratory

Composites and Plastics Fabrication Laboratory

 

 

 

  

Texas State University's Composites and Plastics Fabrication Laboratory (CPFL) is involved in education and research in the areas of manufacturing, characterization, and safe handling of polymer nanocomposites. CPFL has state-of-the art manufacturing and characterization equipment.

Activities

Composite Manufacturing:

  • Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM)
  • Resin Transfer Molding (RTM)
  • Hand Lay-up
  • Compression Molding
  • Prepreg

Plastics Manufacturing:

  • Injection Molding
  • Compression Molding
  • Extrusion

Characterization:

  • Optical and Digital Microscopy
  • Static Mechanical Testing: Tension, Compression, Shear, Bending, Interlaminar Shear, Fracture
  • Axial fatigue tests
  • Impact: Low Velocity Drop Impact: Bi-axial, Izod, and Charpy impact tests
  • Thermal: Creep, Coefficient of Thermal Expansion, Glass Transition Temperature
  • Rotational Viscometers
  • Hardness Tester
  • Single Fiber Testing 

Education:

  • Courses: MFGE 4367: Polymer Properties and processing; MFGE 4399B/5320: Polymer Nanocomposites, ENGR 3311: Mechanics of Materials
  • Safe Handling of Nanomaterials (NSF grant for Nanotechnology Safety)
  • SAMPE International Composite Bridge Building Contests
  • Senior Design Projects