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HBTI, Kanpur April 08, 2008

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CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY

Center for Chemical Processing Technology

1) The main areas of research would include : Advanced Polymer and Composite Engineering

(i) The dynamic and expanding polymer industry is one of the few industries in which the India should maintain a strong leadership in an extremely competitive global market. CAPCED would foster increased collaboration among applications researchers in industry and fundamental researchers in universities, to enable more rapid modernization and commercialization of new ideas. The department would address the need for industry-institute collaboration by building a base of research, engineering education, and technology transfer, resulting in improved industrial practice and productivity.  The research programs to be undertaken are given below:

(ii) Thermoplastic Processing thrust area would focus on polymer rheology and advanced processing techniques such as injection molding (IM), gas-assist and thin-wall IM, and extrusion technology.

(iii) The Thermoset Polymers and Composite Manufacturing thrust area would involve studies on resins, fibers, composites, and nanocomposites. Some of the projects would include material characterization, process analysis and modeling of liquid molding processes (RTM, SCRIMP and injection-pultrusion), development and characterization of low pressure SMC and BMC, application of low-profile additives to composite processing, in-situ permeability measurement, and carbon nanotube reinforced composites.

(iv) The Integrated Development of Composite Products and Processes thrust area would involve the various life cycle issues regarding affordable composite materials using an integrated product and process development approach.

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