Experimental activity

A CENTRE OF EXPERIMENTAL ACTIVITY

Research under contract with a confidentiality clause

Durability of polymeric materials

Exploring the mechanism of evolution which controls the lifetime of a polymer blend when ageing (specially analytical recognition using molecular micro-sonde techniques),

Studying artificially accelerated photo-ageing in SEPAP 12.24 and 12.24H units,

Studying the relations between artificial accelerated photo-ageing and weathering,

Comparing different artificial photoageings (SEPAP 12.24 and SEPAP 12.24H vs W.O.M. CI4000),

Studying thermal-, hydrolytic- or radiochemical-ageing of polymer blends,

Evaluating the efficiency of photostabilizing and thermostabilizing additives,

Evaluating the durability of the actions of some additives (antistatic, demisting, fire-proofing),

Determining the durability of blends in outdoor conditions (specially for business between industrial companies),

Improving photostabilisation techniques

Improving programmed photodegradation techniques

Expert reports for tribunals and insurance companies in case of durability litigation.

Microspectrophotometric analysis of small size defects or contaminants in polymeric blends (micro-FTIR, FTIR-PAS, micro FT-Raman, microspectrofluorimetry, AFM …)
Sport equipement

Microspectrophotometric analysis and evaluation of the durabilities of organic materials used in the elaboration, restoration, and conservation of works of art (paintings, sculptures, monuments, audio-visual documents, archeological objects etc…)
Automobile

A CENTRE OF SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
Scientific meetings for basic training (2 days sessions organized at most twice a year)

Organization of informational meetings to discuss the results of research,

Distributing the CNEP “Newsletter”,

A CENTRE OF PRE-STANDARDISATION
Considering standards which are being implemented,

Organising European Colloquiums on the finalization of common testing methods (SATCAR, Plasticulture, Sport Equipment).

CNEP ESTABLISHED THE NECESSARY INTERFACES BETWEEN:

Producers/transformers/constructors,
Transformers/user cooperatives or associations
Transformers/quality control and certification organizations
Manufacturers and transformers/legal experts and insurance experts
Contemporary artists/restorers/producers of materials used when restoring and elaborating works of art.

THE CNEP IS MEANT

Producers of large diffusion polymers and of technical polymers,
Producers of additives and fillers,
Constructors and transformers in the field of transport industry,
Transformers for the electric industry (passive or active polymeric components),
Transformers for plasticulture,
Transformers in the field of outdoor equipments (sport equipments, building and road equipments),
Restorers and curators in charge of the protection of the cultural heritage,
Artists,
Producers of artists’ materials .

CNEP HAS AN INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL AND REGIONAL VOCATION WICH IS WITNESSED BY PREFERENTIAL RELATIONS WITH

50 European-size industrial groups, shareholders or adherents (1/‰), some of them are members of the Administration Coucil and represent the main industrial fields covered by CNEP:

Additives: CYTEC, Rubbers: MICHELIN, Other polymers: ARKEMA, Cables: SILEC CABLES, Automobile: RENAULT, Adhesives: PPG, Agriculture: E3S (regional association of films producers)

CNEP is also collaborating with non-adherent Companies active in polymer applications.

And is also associated with French Public Institutions :

C.E.A. (Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique )
GDF (Gaz De France), EDF (Electricite De France), …

Small and medium-size companies of the Auvergne Region (land) which are active in the field of plastic processing and benefit from adherent rights

Small and medium-size companies of European regions

CNEP has been certified :

as Centre de Ressources Technologiques (CRT) by « Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche »

as “recognition of supplier competence” (Laboratory tests) by RENAULT CAR COMPANY

as ISO 9001:2008 by LLOYD’S REGISTER QUALITY ASSURANCE (LRQA) for

“transferring results from academic research concerning ageing resistance of polymeric materials and composites through companie producing or using these materials”