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.

Olivier Malek

The application of nanotextures with ultra-short pulsed lasers remains interesting for many applications and LIPSS (laser induced periodic surface structures) is the most widely used technique. A newly developed module makes it possible to achieve more precise, higher-quality structures, even on large surfaces. This is particularly interesting for anti-icing surfaces, as applied in aviation or wind energy.

Eddy Kunnen

Application of and research into the reduction of friction and associated wear through small structures has been around for a long time. We provide a successful example of how the direction of the texture can provide the greatest friction reduction.

Patrick Cosemans

In recent years, efficient alternatives for hard chrome applications have been sought. An urgent need, as the deposition process for hard chrome uses chromium trioxide, which is toxic and carcinogenic, and therefore subject to heavy regulation. It will be banned in the short term for various applications. Although there are alternatives, they do not necessarily meet the desired specifications or may require major modifications to the production facilities. An ongoing research project explores three ways for developing alternative coating technologies and materials.

Olivier Malek

Ultra-black is an interesting colour for many sectors, for aerospace, first of all, and for several reasons. It can be achieved with black coatings, however, there are some limitations to this methodology. That is why Sirris, together with ESA, is investigating laser texturing to achieve ultra-black, without any additional disadvantages or limitations.

Joey Bosmans

A growing market and increased consumer awareness will facilitate the market acceptance of more sustainable and reusable products. But what exactly does bio-based mean and how can these products be identified? Does it make sense to have your newly developed products certified?

Eddy Kunnen

What is profitable today will have been replaced by a better solution by tomorrow. You know better than anyone else the need for innovation to stay ahead of your competitor or partner. New technologies often lie at the root of these changes. Staying informed is therefore a must!

Bart Teerlinck
Guy Claus

Industrial blades are used for many different processes. Their service life depends to a great extent on the application. A new COOCK project aims to offer a solution by studying the crucially important parameters of material, surface treatment and core treatment.

Joey Bosmans
Pieter Samyn

The development of sustainable alternatives to wallpaper and wall finishes includes both the use of bio-based materials and the implementation of an end-of-life recycling strategy.

Joey Bosmans

There is an increasing demand from the chemical sector for the use of biomass as a source for chemical products and processes. Therefore the focus now lies on improving current processes and regular research into the use of new forms of biomass. What is bio-based, what is the state-of-affairs and how is it validated? Sirris launched its first white paper on bio-based coatings.