As the world becomes more energy efficient, every sector is challenged to push the limits of technology with lighter, stronger, more durable materials. Aerospace and transportation companies are constantly looking for ways to make their products more fuel efficient, while manufacturers of energy and oil & gas components require durable and corrosion-resistant parts. For all of these industries, Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCs) provide lightweight strength and unmatched durability. 

Despite being newer materials, polymer matrix composites have already proven valuable across a wide range of applications. PMCs possess a high degree of stiffness and strength, without the added weight of traditional materials. Element’s polymer experts can put your composites to the test through mechanical, chemical, analytical and environmental testing. 

As a leader in testing polymer matrix composites, Element utilizes carefully honed techniques to obtain the most reliable data possible. Our experts possess diverse skill sets and backgrounds, and are ready to handle projects on any scale, for every industry. With active memberships with numerous composite committees including ASTM D30, CMH-17, Nadcap, and the Committee on Composite Materials, our polymer testing labs can help you get the most out of your materials. 

 
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Polymer Matrix Composite Testing Services

Element performs mechanical, electrical, flammability tests and utilizes thermal analysis techniques to characterize polymers and composite materials. Services include testing for qualification, A and B basis allowables as well as routine quality assurance support. We are able to determine glass transition temperatures (Tg), melting points, heat of fusion and other critical thermal properties.

Mechanical Properties

Tensile Properties ASTM D3039 D5766 and ISO 527

Interlaminar tension per ASTM D7291 and D6415

Compressive Properties per ASTM D3410, D6641, D6484, SACMA SRM1

Shear Properties per ASTM D3518, D2344, D5379, D7078

Temperature Capability from -300°F to 700°F

Impact and Compression after Impact per ASTM D7136 and D7137

Fracture Toughness including GIC,GIIC and mixed mode Gc per ASTM D5528 and D6671

Fatigue per ASTM D3479

Structural Tests with multi-channel data acquisition

Thermal Analysis

Element utilizes thermal analysis techniques to characterize polymers and composite materials. We are able to determine glass transition temperatures (Tg), melting points, heat of fusion and other critical thermal properties.

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis - DMA (ASTM E1640 and ASTM D7028).

Differential Scanning Calorimetry – DSC

Melting Point and Transition Temperatures (ASTM D3418)

Glass Transition Temperature Tg (ASTM E1356 and ASTM D7426)

Thermogravimetric Analysis - TGAThermomechanical Analysis – TMA

Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion (ASTM E831)

Glass Transition Temperature (ASTM E1545)

Thermo-Physical Properties
Element also determines resin, fiber and void volumes on composite materials by acid digestion or burn off per ASTM D3171, and gel time. Flow and volatiles per ASTM D3529, D3530, D3531

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