Bram Cloet
Ozlem Ceyhan Yilmaz

Icing poses many challenges and risks into our daily activities or to the operations of machinery. At Sirris we have been running activities to improve our knowledge on atmospheric icing events and to find icing mitigation. This work is part of the COOCK Fighting Icing and NewSkin projects.

Joey Bosmans
Pieter Samyn

Prior to their introduction to the market, bio-based products are extensively tested. In this respect, there is a growing interest in sustainability tests, especially for demanding applications, in new test methods and in the right test methods. Let’s have a look at today and tomorrow.

Ozlem Ceyhan Yilmaz
Bram Cloet

As the weather gets colder, many systems, including aeroplanes and wind turbines, will again have to contend with the effects of lower temperatures, winter precipitation and ice formation. We recently published that temperatures and icing are among the ten most common problems leading to wind turbine failure. Recent developments could change this, saving costs and effort in multiple sectors.

Pieter Jan Jordaens

The analysis of the data of some 7,000 wind turbines has revealed the main problems causing downtime and, therefore, lost potential energy production when the wind turbine is out. Many of these problems can be solved or prevented.

Bram Cloet

In 2021, Fairwind - a Belgian company that designs and manufactures vertical axis wind turbines - performed climatic environmental tests on a 50 kW-Polar-Version-Wind Turbine prototype inside the Large Climatic Test Chamber at OWI-Lab, Sirris. Those tests were conducted to verify, at very low temperatures, the proper behaviour of its full-scale Polar-Version central shaft.

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.

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.

 

Joey Bosmans
Pieter Jan Jordaens

Icing events during wintertime or at high altitudes still form a major obstacle in many industries, such as aviation, construction, (wind) energy and transportation. Companies are seeking for solutions to mitigate ice or to limit the efforts of ice removal. Research is often focused on designing new structured surfaces or using advanced coating technologies. In order to fully understand the potential of such technologies, there is a need to test such systems in realistic environments. Sirris comes prepared.

Patrick Doumen
Joey Bosmans

Increasing the life span of materials with less impact from weather and environmental conditions is one of the key drivers in today's circular economy to reduce our environmental footprint. It is important to be able to quickly carry out simulations on products and components that show the impact of corrosion and oxidation on components and products.