Pieter Samyn
Patrick Cosemans

Today, the search for more environmentally-friendly coatings for packaging papers, as a sustainable alternative to plastics, is taking up speed. Paper as a possible substrate scores high, but has a few drawbacks. In view of compatibility with the papermaking process and final recyclability, the deposition of waterborne coatings is preferred when including renewable materials. New concepts for both the protection of packaging papers with a coating, as well as recycling coated papers should be considered.

Pieter Jan Jordaens

Not only chocolates and beers, but also our expertise and experience in offshore wind energy has now become a Belgian export product of worldwide fame. This will be demonstrated once again at the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum (IPF), North America's leading conference on offshore wind energy, which will take place from 26 to 28 April. Sirris, as coordinator of OWI-Lab, is proud to be giving a keynote speech at this industry meeting.

Hilde Krikor
Olivier Gramaccia

Every year in May, the elite of the Belgian life sciences community attends flanders.bio’s annual Knowledge for Growth business conference in Ghent, attracting decision makers from biotech, pharma and medtech, agricultural and chemical industry as well as investors, universities, top-notch research institutes, policymakers and competence providers. Sirris will be there too: join us on 18 and 19 May 2022!

Hilde Krikor
Olivier Gramaccia

Anno 2022, great interest goes to neurotechnology and neuroscience. In both industry and academia, new applications are being discovered each day. NeuroTech Leuven’s MINDSEED on 27 April aims to educate non-experts on state-of-the art neurotechnology and neuroscience and connect its experts. Sirris will be there too!

Michèle Gasparini
Guido Heunen

The specific heat of a materiel is an important property, equally in the field of industry and in research. It applies in the improvement of processes such as injection moulding, in risk analysis and in the construction of chemical reactors. Other sectors such as the pharmaceutical industry and the food industry are also concerned by this measurement.

Ozlem Ceyhan Yilmaz
Pieter Jan Jordaens

Ice formation causes many safety issues and other problems in our day-to-day work and the operation of machines. At Sirris, various experts have sought to improve our knowledge of atmospheric ice formation and to find ways to limit it. These activities form part of the COOCK Fighting Icing and NewSkin projects.

Ozlem Ceyhan Yilmaz

Understanding behaviour and performance of drones in adverse weather and harsh flight environments is a prerequisite to developing meaningful test protocols for the validation and certification of these flying systems. An exploratory work investigates the development of a method for characterising the performance of propellers in laboratory icing conditions, as considered the most critical. This research was enabled by the use of a climatic chamber featuring an array of water nozzles that makes it possible to generate icing condition, in combination with a windshaper.

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.