Quality, strength and resistance of textiles and plastics

The Centexbel-VKC physical testing labs house a vast lab equipment allowing our lab assistants to perform a wide variety of physical tests on fibres, yarns, fabrics, composites, plastics, garments and toys.

the physical testing laboratory in Gent performs the entire panoply of physical analyses, such as fastness to light, fastness to rubbing (wet and dry), elongation, tear resistance, burst resistance, dimensional stability, pilling and abrasion, seam slippage, next to resistance to ageing under the influence of light, humidity and heat, conductive and antistatic properties...

Centexbel also determines the air and water permeability and the water and/or oil repellent or absorbing properties of textiles, next to resistance to wear and slippage of carpets, the isolating properties of textiles (by means of IR images)...

The most important activities of the physical testing laboratory in Grâce-Hollogne are electric safety and comfort assessment of protective clothing for which Centexbel disposes of state-of-the-art test methods and equipment.

In Kortrijk we are testing the mechanical and physical properties of plastics.

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In the list below, you can view the tests we perform by selecting the laboratory or the product(group) you are looking for:

Accelarated weathering of plastics

Ultraviolet radiation, temperature, and moisture contribute to material degradation of products exposed to the elements. Accelerated weathering tests simulate these conditions using special environmental chambers and instruments in order to speed up the weathering process and to measure its effects on parts, components, products, and materials.

Antibacterial efficiency

Resistance to bacterial growth

Antifungal efficiency

Determination of the Antimycotic Activity - Agar Diffusion Plate Test

Barrier properties of textiles

Centexbel has the knowhow and equipment to assess the barrier properties of textiles, surgical gowns, masks and drapes, against microorganisms and blood.

Biological evaluation of medical devices

To assess the health and safety risks linked with the skin contact with medical devices, Centexbel examines their toxic effect on the skin (cytotoxicity, irritation, sensitivity,…) according to ISO 10993-5 “Biological evaluation of medical devices – part 5 - cytotoxicity : in vitro methods”

Burning behaviour of PPE

Assessments of the resistance of PPE to heat, fire, splashes of molten metal

Capillary rheometry

Capillary rheometers principle is based on measurement of the melt flow, by a pressure applied through the precisely dimensioned capillary.

Charpy & Izod Impact tests

There are two types of test use for testing the Impact resistance of any material one is Izod Impact resistance test and other is Charpy Impact resistance test. Both of them use the same principle to test the Impact resistance of any material but still there are may difference in them and our today's article will show these difference between Izod and Charpy Impact testing

Chemical safety of textiles and plastics

The globalisation of the textile and plastic converting industry makes it increasingly difficult and complex to control the production flow and to exactly know the products (chemicals) that have been used. Morevover, consumers and their organisations want to be informed about the composition of the products they buy and demand that they do not contain harmful substances.

Comfort assessment

The comfort of textiles and garments is the result of both psychological aspects (design, fit, quality, aesthetics) and physiological aspects, including thermophysiological and sensorial (softness, suppleness) comfort. Thermophysiological comfort is the result of the heat and moisture transfer through the textile that will regulate the body’s temperature, and is an important feature in clothing and especially in sportswear and professional (protective) clothing.