Research.

Main Areas of Research

Polymeric Materials for Sustainable Development

  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies (Solar thermal, PV, Wind power)
  • Global and regional water supply (Plastics pipes and systems)
  • Polymeric materials based on renewable resources and bio-based polymeric materials
  • Material and performance oriented life cycles analysis

What is the aim of Polymer Engineering by WAK? (German only)

Multi-functional property profiles and applications of polymeric materials

  • Various combinations of mechanical, thermal, optical, electrical and acustical properties as well as transport/barrier properties
  • Physical and technological characterization of material properties (specimen level) and performance properties (component level)

Mechanical performance of plastics under complex mechanical loading conditions

  • Deformation and failure behavior of plastics and composites
  • Impact, long-term, and fatigue behavior (pure mechanical loading or combinations with external effects)
  • Conventional mechanics, fracture mechanics and micro-mechanics
  • Superimposed thermal & environmental loading (ESC) and aging
  • Material laws, failure criteria and life-time modeling

Characterisation of the inner material structure and establishment of material structure-property-processing-performance (msp³)-relationships

  • Focus on polyolefins and polyolefin-compounds (PE, PP), composites and elastomers
  • Investigations as to the inner material structure utilizing microscopic, spectroscopic and thermo-analytical methods (nano/meso/micro/macro scale)
  • Physical and technological characterisation of material and performance properties for service-relevant conditions also accounting for material aging (laboratory specimen level and semi-finished component level)
  • Aging behavior, mechanisms and kinetics, and life-time modeling

Collobarative Research

Funded research (European Union)

Funded research (Austrian Research Promotion Agency)

Wallner G.:
IEA ECES Annex 39, 2020 - 2023
Website:

iea-eces.org/annex-39/

 

Wallner G.:
Sol4City, 2020 - 2021
Website:

nachhaltigwirtschaften.at/de/sdz/projekte/sol4city.php

 

Wallner G.:
giga_TES, 2018 - 2020
Website: gigaTES

 

Wallner G.:
IEA SHC Task54: Preisreduktion thermischer Solaranlagen, 2015 - 2018
Website: SHC Task 54

 

Fischer J., Lang R., Wallner G.:
Solar-thermal Systems based on Polymeric Materials: Novel Pumped and Non-Pumped Collector Systems (SolPol-4/5), 2014 - 2018
Website: SolPol-4/5

 

Lang R., Wallner G.:
Photovoltaik-Recycling (PV-R), 2013 - 2015

 

Wallner G.:
MidTempColl, 2012 - 2015

 

Lang R., Wallner G.:
Content Loading, 2011

 

Aigner M., Barroso V., Brandstetter T., Brüggemann O., Buchberger W., Eder G., Fischer J., Hartl A., Hild S., Hiptmair F., Kneidinger C., Lang R., Major Z., Miethlinger J., Paulik C., Reiter M., Schausberger A., Schobermayr H., Schöffl P., Steinbichler G., Straka K., Wallner G.:
APMT - Advanced Polymeric Materials and Process Technologies, 2010 - 2014
Website: APMT

 

Hader-Kregl L., Hassel A., Hild S., Kadner B., Lang R., Schobermayr H., Schöfberger K., Voith M., Wallner G.:
SteelCoatingDesign - IPMT, 2010 - 2012

 

Lang R.:
K1-WOOD: Natural Fiber PP-Composites, 2010

Funded research (federal/regional/local authorities)

Fischer J.:
Future Energy Lab Projekt SynERecy, 2020 - 2021
LIT Future Energy Lab

 

Lang R., Fischer J.:
CHASE_JKU IPMT, 2019 - 2023
Area 3 Circular Process Streams

 

Wallner G.:
IM HP plast, 2016 - 2017

 

Lang R., Major Z., Miethlinger J., Steinbichler G.:
Kunststofftechnik Borealis II, 2013

 

Lang R.:
Innovative Energietechnologien, 2012 - 2014

 

Wallner G.:
Photovoltaik-Recycling (PV-R), 2012 - 2013

 

Lang R., Major Z., Miethlinger J., Steinbichler G.:
Kunststofftechnik Borealis II, 2012

 

Lang R., Wallner G.:
IEA SHC Task39: Polymerwerkstoffe, 2011 - 2014

 

Lang R., Major Z., Miethlinger J., Steinbichler G.:
Kunststofftechnik Borealis II, 2011

 

Lang R., Wallner G.:
IEA PVPS, 2010 - 2012

 

Lang R., Major Z., Miethlinger J., Steinbichler G.:
Kunststofftechnik Borealis II, 2010

Funded research (other mainly public funds)

Wallner G.:
INTEGRATE 2, 2021 - 2023
Website: Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program

 

Lang R., Wallner G., Fischer J.:
UniNEtZ - Universitäten und nachhaltige Entwicklungsziele, 2019 - 2021
Websites: UniNEtZ; The Sustainable Development Goals 2030

 

Fischer J.:
LIT Factory - Recycling, 2019 - 2022
Website: LIT Factory - Recycling

 

Buchberger W., Fischer A., Fischer J., Grabmayer K., Lang R., Schobermayr H., Wallner G.:
Solar-elektrische Systeme aus Polymerwerkstoffen: Neuartige polymere Einkapselungsmaterialien für Photovoltaik-Module (SolPol-3), 2011 - 2014
Website: SolPol-3

 

Beer S., Bretterbauer K., Brüggemann O., Buchberger W., Fischer A., Fischer J., Grabmayer K., Kicker H., Lang R., Paulik C., Povacz M., Schobermayr H., Steinbichler G., Stricker M., Wallner G.:
Solarthermische Systeme aus Polymerwerkstoffen – Teil 2 (SolPol-2), 2010 - 2013
Website: SolPol-2

 

Lang R., Wallner G.:
Projekt Energy Transition, 2010

 

Buchberger W., Fischer A., Fischer J., Grabmayer K., Kicker H., Lang R., Schobermayr H., Wallner G.:
Solarthermische Systeme aus Polymerwerkstoffen - Teil 1 (SolPol-1), 2009 - 2013
Website: SolPol-1

Corporative Research