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.
Services We Offer
Element offers a variety of test types for polymer matrix composite materials.
Element offers an extensive suite of testing for polymer matrix composites, including mechanical, chemical, and environmental tests. Our experts can accommodate custom and unique set-ups, and can provide input on designing test plans.
Some of our standard polymer testing services include:
- Ultraviolet weathering and accelerated aging
- Chemical analysis
- Tensile testing
- Impact testing
- Hardness testing
- Flexural testing
- Creep and stress rupture testing
- Compression testing
- Water absorption
- Density and specific gravity
- Gel time
- Fracture toughness
- Permeability and diffusion studies
- Corrosion testing
- Shear testing
- Glass transition temperature
- Thermal analysis
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