Polymer Technology Group

High Pressure Apparatus (Medusa)

Medusa is an experimental apparatus designed and developed to investigate the effects of pressure and cooling rate on polymers samples. It is based on the confining fluid technique. Medusa is able to impose a constant external pressures and different cooling rates during the solidification of polymer samples. In its current configuration, the device can reach 1250 bar and a maximum cooling rate of 40 C/s (measured at 200C) with water at 5C as cooling medium.