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Polymeric Composite Materials

Polymeric Composite Materials is an area of research that in interaction with other closely related areas constitutes the basis for production and determination of the function of advanced polymer-based composite materials and structural components of today and tomorrow.

The subject involves studying and describing the relation between the manufacture, microstructure, properties and functions of composites. We study mechanisms and identifies parameters at nano, micro and meso level that control the behaviour of the composites, and describes them in mathematical terms with models that are used in the optimisation of the composites’ performance. Experimental, analytical and numerical methods are used.

The most important application areas are aerospace, car and marine industries.


Professor Roberts Joffe, chair professor
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

Broken hockey sticks to make for safer cars

Every year thousands of broken composite sticks are thrown away by Swedish hockey clubs. A waste of resources that researchers at Luleå University of Technology are now trying to solve. In collaboration with Luleå Hockey and Gestamp HardTech, the possibility of reusing the material for more crash-proof cars is being investigated.

Materials Science Division represented at ECCM20 in Switzerland

Wood and Bionanocomposites and Polymeric Composites Materials groups were represented at the European Conference of Composites Materials (ECCM).

Photo: Privat
Develops robot arms for CERN

In a newly started collaboration with the world's largest particle physics laboratory CERN, researchers at Luleå University of Technology are developing robot arms for the maintenance work at the facility. The goal is lighter robots with higher performance.