Linde De Vriese
David Gay

In various sectors, composite materials can offer advantages thanks to their properties that are not possible with conventional materials. However, the limited awareness of these materials and their properties remains an obstacle to their (further) breakthrough. To promote the exchange of best practices, Sirris and Agoria Composites are organising a Composites Learning Network.

Patrick Cosemans

To reduce its environmental impact the construction industry is continuously looking for alternative solutions. One of them is the use of bio-based coatings and paints. The improvement and replacement of components of paints and coatings formulations is a challenging process, because of a possible impact on the final properties of the coating. A new project aims to establish and validate novel bio-based coating systems for use in the construction industry, by replacing fossil ingredients with bio-based ones with the same or better performance and durability. Participate and accelerate your knowledge!

Bart Teerlinck

Technical Committee CEN/TC 267 has prepared a draft amendment for the standard EN 13480 (Metallic industrial piping) - Part 3: Design and calculation

Bart Teerlinck

The EN 13445 (“Unfired pressure vessels”) and EN 13480 (“Metallic industrial piping”) are key European Standards in the field of pressure equipment which provide presumption of conformity to the EU directive on pressure equipment (2014/68/EU). Due to their complexity with their large number of formulae, figures and tables, they have been maintained according to an ad-hoc methodology since the publication of the first editions in 2002.

Guy Claus

Industrial knives are used for many processes. Their service life highly depends on the application they are used for. At the request of and with the necessary input from companies, the QualiKnife COOCK project, which aims to improve the quality and service life of industrial knives, was launched this year. We’ll be looking at some of the relevant parameters. After the choice of material and the heat treatment of the knives, in this third article we will look at the possible surface treatments for knife steel.

Linde De Vriese

Composite materials are no longer unknown, but their potential for production is still too little known. What added value can composites bring to your products and how can you incorporate them into your product? In order to provide an answer to these questions and many more, Agoria Composites and Sirris are organising a learning network on this subject.

Joey Bosmans

Moisture build-up and condensation can cause damage on a variety of surfaces. Moisture and condensation testing can prevent damage from mould, defects or discoloration of parts. What tests are there and what do they entail? We highlight them here for you.

Joey Bosmans
Pieter Jan Jordaens

Icing is a major concern in many industries and can lead to standstills, safety hazards, product breakage or additional fuel or electricity costs. Active anti-icing systems, however, add to operating costs and are often only applied on crucial zones. The potential of coatings, either as stand-alone system or as an add-on solution, are not yet fully understood or evaluated. Sirris has the option to show the real potential of coatings in its large climate chamber icing test set-up.

Bart Teerlinck
Gert Heirman

Sirris will initiate a research project together with the Belgian Welding Institute to demonstrate the feasibility of quality control using systems for inline, real time defect detection during welding.

 

Hilde Krikor

Sirris investigated the quality habits of Belgian tech companies at the end of 2020. The survey shows that quality control is highly valued by many, but also that some others can still make great strides. For example, almost half of the companies surveyed do not make use of the potential of additional quality tests.