Polymer analysis employs both physical and analytical methods to verify the chemical, mechanical, and thermal properties of a polymeric material. These properties are instrumental in making sure that the polymer part will perform as required by the end user.
For example, we can verify if the parts are the proper material using FT-IR, check for contamination using DSC and then determine if the parts are degraded using the melt flow indexer. Additionally, mechanical tests such as impact, tensile, and flexural strength are useful in determining the mechanical integrity of a part.
By using our FT-IR we can determine the composition of organic thin films, surface contamination, fibers or composites. Additionally, thermal characterization can assist in determining performance, process capabilities, quality, and aid in product development.
- Failure Analysis of Plastics and Polymers
- Tensile Strength of Films, Fibers, and Coatings
- Flexural Strength
- Modulus by Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) or Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA)
- Durometer Hardness
- Compression Set for Durability and Elasticity
- Izod, Charpy, Impact Testing
- Heat Deflection Temperature Under a Load (DTUL)
- Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) by TMA
- Heat Aging and Thermal Stability
- Accelerated Weathering (UV degradation)
- Dielectric Strength/Breakdown
- Glass Transition (Tg), Melting point, Crystallinity, and Heat Capacity (DSC)
- Gloss and Color
- Filler Content, Dehydration/Desolvation, and Decomposition Analysis (TGA)
- Polymer Identification (FT-IR)
- Composition Analysis including Plasticizers, Additives, UV Inhibitors, Stabilizers, and Antioxidants
- Inherent/Intrinsic Viscosity
- Melt Flow Rate
- Injection Molding Preparation of ASTM Test Samples