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Facilities

polymer lab with clean room

The Centre for Advanced Materials Engineering is located in the 4000m square world-class Polymer Interdisciplinary Research Centre at Bradford, along with the Centre for Polymer Micro and Nano Technology.  With its 40 processing lines from nanoscale to macro scale, its leading edge facilities include:

  • a clean room
  • 2D and 3D printing
  • high precision injection moulding
  • single and twin screm extrusion
  • Additive Layer Manufacturing (five 3D printers)
  • Optical and thermal image processing
  • Die drawing in batch and continuous forms
  • Remote process monitoring and wireless networks
  • 3D Atomic force microscopy for polymers, nanomaterials and tissue

All processing lines have computer monitoring of machine parameters and process variables, including temperature, pressure, rheo-optical and spectroscopic, using pioneering in-process sensors.

The Polymer IRC laboratories at Bradford form part of the wider Polymer IRC (Universities of Leeds, Bradford, Durham and Sheffield).

The Centre also has a joint International Laboratory for Polymer Microprocessing with Sichuan University.