CENTER FOR COATING DEVELOPMENT
Director: Dr. Margaret Joyce
The Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering, Western
Michigan University, has established a Center for Coating Development.
The Center is located in McCracken Hall in laboratories adjacent to the
Paper Pilot Plant.
The Center is equipped with sophisticated rheological instrumentation,
an Eklund High Shear Capillary Viscometer,
a TA Dynamic Stress Rheometer, and
a Hercules High Shear Viscometer. The following
equipment is also available to study the surface properties and structure
of coated substrates.
The Center for Coating Development is supported by the Department's
Paper and Printing Pilot Plant facilities. A CLC coater
and a pilot aqueous coater are available for research and contract service
work. The aqueous coater can be configured to run a rod, air knife or trailing
blade unit. Through the generosity of Kohler Equipment, the air knife coater
has just been upgraded. The aqueous coater can run a 26 inch web at speeds
up to 1400 fpm. A Dixon coater has also recently been donated and will
be installed shortly. A complete coating kitchen is available to prepare
1 liter to 55 gallon batches of coating. Jet cooking
equipment is available for starch, PVOH, and protein preparation. A water
retention tester is also available for measuring the water holding
properties of coatings.
First 10 Angstrom Dynamic Contact Angle
Mercury Intrusion Porosimeter
Atomic Force Microscopy
Scanning Electronic Microscopy
Wyko Interference Microscopy
An Advanced Coating Formulations course is included in the
graduate curriculum. The graduate Rheology course continues to
be offered, as well as continuing education courses. Several graduate students
are participating in coating research and are seeking co-op positions.
If interested in supporting graduate research or participating in the co-op
program, please contact Margaret Joyce @ 269-276-3511.