Technical skill sheet

Viscous-elastic flow

  • Centre of research : MINES ParisTech, centre de mise en forme des matriaux - CEMEF
  • Prestation : Characterization, tries, tests, checks, formulation - Research and Development

Contact Expert

  • AGASSANT Jean-François
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  • Web site : http://www.cemef.mines...
  • Postal address : 1, Rue Claude Daunesse BP207 BP207 06904 SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS CEDEX - FRANCE


Thermomechanics of flow and cooling of polymers or complex fluids in transformation and shaping and the resulting properties

Knowledge of rheological comportment, development of original experimental means and utilization of calculation methods, developed mainly in cooperation with the group CIM at CEMEF

Key competences : - Analysis of rheological comportment of polymers and complex fluids in liquid, solid and viscous state - Applications for shaping processes: experimental and theoretical approach for most of the polymer transformation processes


Materials : - Thermoplastics, thermo set material, biopolymers, mineral paste, minerals, glass... The CEMEF research activities concern all types of material (metal, polymers, composites, glass, material for food products ...).

Objective : - Optimization of tool conception and manufacturing conditions for optimized product properties and best economic conditions.

Methodology : - Combine experimentation and digital simulation


Parallel and sequential calculation capacities with about 10 parallel calculators with different architectures including one new cluster with 500 processors installed in 2008.

Shaping and forming machines : - Single screw extruder Kaufman diam. 40mm, single screw Collins for rubber extrusion, double screw Clextral BC45 - Injection press DK (110t)

Prototypes for blowing double drawing of bottles - Rheocord Haake (internal mixer, single screw extruder)

R6D and workshop : CAO/DAO 3D IDEAS MS11 - 3 towers 1 with digital controls - 3 milling machines 2 with digital controls - 1 mini milling robot to mini to turn around test bar - 1 plane grinder - Various machines for cutting, folding, welding, grit blasting

Microscopy : - Optical microscope in transmission (with micro traction device, film micro compression, static crystallization, in shear and in stretch.) - Optical metallographic microscope, inversed Olympus PMG3

Electron microscopes : - Environmental (Philips XL30 ESEM LaB6), heating plate Oxford 1500C, EBSD automatic with digital camera and Peltier Philips blank - Jeol 35CF - Transmission electron microscopes (CM12 TEM/STEM Philips) with heated specimen stage 600C

Spectrometer : - EDX (Oxford/Inca on MEB Philips XL30 ESEM),(Tracor/Noran on MEB Jeol 35CF) - XPS (Riber MAC2) - SIMS static at flight time [ToF-SIMS] (PHI TRIFT I)

Infrared (transformed Fourier, microscope) - X-Ray : diffractometers (X'pert Pro), texture goniometer, Debye Scherrer chamber

Physical measurements : - Small angle light diffusion - Moulding goniometer - rugosimeter 3D - Image analyzer (Visilog 6.3) - Machine for measurements of thermal exchange coefficients - Enthalpic differential analysers (DSC Perkin Elmer) - Measurement systems (deformations, dislocation and thickness) by image correlation (ARAMIS system) - No contact measurements, flow and deformation visualization : - Machine tools with observation windows (injection mould with transparent walls, conducts) - Laser Doppler Anemometry (Dantec) - Flow birefringence - High speed camera (125 to 2500 images/s) - videometric extensometer - Mechanical properties : - Hardness cold and hot, micro hardness, macro hardness - Instrn traction (100kN, heating up to 1200C, cooling LN2, videometric control system for traction and compression) - Hydraulic traction-compression Dartec (300mm/s, 300kN) - Hydraulic high speed traction-compression Zwick (0.5 20m/s, 20kN, up to 250C and cooling LN2) - Hammering machine , drop manhole - Furnace for thermal processing, vacuum and under atmosphere (1200C)

Rheometry : - Capillary rheometer with pre-shear (Rhoplasts) - Rotative rheometers (imposed deformation Rheometrics RMS 800, imposed constraint Stresstech Rheologica) - Rheo-optical devices (optical microscopes and light diffusion plane ? plane, cone ? plane. Coaxial cylinders, four rolls. Tubes and transparent moulds. Microtraction).

Tribology - Double punching, level drawing - Rotative tribometers, plane-plane - Measurement of friction coefficient metal-polymer.