Determination of the material and small component properties of polymers, composites, and adhesive joints at cryogenic temperatures
The cryogenic testing machine features a special setup allowing for material testing in a cryogenic tank with liquid nitrogen at -196 °C and in a climate chamber for temperature controlled experiments in a temperature range between -170 °C and 200 °C. This setup represents an extension of established static and dynamic testing machines at Fraunhofer IFAM for material testing of polymers, adhesives, adhesive joints and fiber composites addressing application related questions. The researchers have an outstanding expertise and a wealth of experience in testing at temperatures ranging from -50 °C to 200 °C, which they are now expanding in the cryogenic temperature range. The test methods can be used in areas such as renewable energies, or aviation and space.