CTSE-ERCAT news in Unitex magazine

CTSE invests in new equipment (picture: radiant panel) (large view)

CTSE invests in new equipment (picture: radiant panel)

(06-04-2021) The article talks about how we focus on sustainable artificial turf and about the renewal and clustering of our equipment.

UNITEX is the National Association of (technical) executives of the textile industry in Belgium. Beside members in Belgium, Unitex has also members in other countries (Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal, Great-Britain, USA...). It is led by Professor Dr. em. Marc Van Parys. Unitex publishes a magazine every three months, in which you can also read the news from our department. In the March issue, we tell you more about ERCAT (European Research Centre for Artificial Turf) as part of CTSE (Centre for Textile Science and Engineering).

ERCAT is accredited by FIFA, World Rugby and FIH for both lab and field tests, but it is more than a testing lab. The people at ERCAT are constantly working on new test methods and materials. Artificial turf producers are confronted with increasingly strict fire and environmental requirements. To this end, the sector can count on the support of ERCAT for research into innovative solutions in areas such as fire safety, sustainability and recyclability. 

For example, ERCAT initiated the Interreg Project GRASS a few years ago, which has 2 main goals: to sensitize the public about the difference in fire behavior between natural grass and synthetic turf and to improve the fire behavior of synthetic turf by developing innovative, environmentally friendly and industrially applicable techniques. This is done in close consultation with a resonance group of 'stakeholders', in which installers, sports clubs, governments and end users are represented in addition to manufacturers. 

Last year, CTSE invested in a new radiant panel which is used in the GRASS-project to develop fire tests on a microscale for artificial turf, but it can be used to test fire behaviour of all types of floor covering. CTSE is Notified Body for these fire tests so our reports are recognized for use in the context of CE marking in the European market. Also used in the GRASS-project is our semi-industrial co-extrusion line, which has recently been moved to the building of the Centre for Polymer and Material Technologies. This way, the knowledge and equipment related to extrusion are clustered within Ghent University. This multidisciplinary collaboration will lead to more fundamental knowledge and new academic insights, to greater efficiency and flexibility.

Read the full article (in Dutch)
For more information, feel free to contact Stijn Rambour (Artificial turf research), Ercat lab (Artificial turf testing) or Didier Van Daele (Fire testing)