Coatings can be subject to both physical and mechanical damage during their product life. We test the mechanical and physical integrity of coatings to help manufacturers and engineers understand the properties of a specific product or scheme. 

Element’s ISO 17025 certified global coatings laboratories are tailored to meet specific geographical requirements with a comprehensive and versatile range of mechanical and physical coatings test equipment. We test to International standards including ISO, ASTM, NACE and CSA, and are also assist in the implementation of bespoke test programs to help industry achieve regulatory compliance, optimize safety performance and ensure high quality, reliability and long service life.

Mechanical and physical test standards

Mechanical and physical tests can include abrasion, impact, flexibility, penetration, hardness, adhesion, volume solids and water vapor permeability:

  • Taber abrasion– ASTM D4060
  • Volume solids – ISO 3223
  • Impact  – ASTM D2794, ISO 6272
  • Flexibility  – ASTM B489, ASTM D522, ASTM D790, CSA Z245.20, ISO 1519, ISO 178, ISO 6860
  • Indentation – ISO 21809-1 and 3
  • Adhesion testing – ASTM D3359, ASTM D4541, ASTM D6677, ISO 2409, ISO 4624
  • Dry Film Thickness (DFT) – ASTM D7091, ISO 19840
  • Hardness testing  – ASTM D2240, ASTM D3363, ISO 15184, ISO 7619

Please contact us today for a complete list of the services available.

Mechanical and physical standards

Taber Abrasion– ASTM D4060
Volume Solids – ISO 3223
Impact  – ASTM D2794, ISO 6272
Flexibility  – ASTM B489, ASTM D522, ASTM D790, CSA Z245.20, ISO 1519, ISO 178, ISO 6860 
Indentation – ISO 21809-1 and 3 
Adhesion strength testing – ASTM D3359, ASTM D4541, ASTM D6677, ISO 2409, ISO 4624
Dry Film Thickness (DFT) – ASTM D7091, ISO 19840
Hardness testing  – ASTM D2240, ASTM D3363, ISO 15184, ISO 7619

 Please contact us for a complete list of the services available.

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Element has one of the most comprehensive ranges of mechanical and physical testing services.

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Abrasion & Wear Testing

Our Engaged Experts perform abrasion and wear testing that will help predict the lifetime and durability of a material or coating.

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FTIR Analysis

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) allows chemists to use very small samples of a substance to identify and quantify its components.

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Non-Metallic Materials Testing

Non metallic materials can be evaluated for strength, flexibility, fatigue, and many of the other physical properties that metals are tested to. Understanding the limits of your material is vital in determining its integrity and useful lifespan.

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Paint and Coating Material Testing Services

Discover our full range of paint and coating testing services. Our experts can help you determine what test types are appropriate for your product.  

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Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

SEM analysis is a powerful analytical tool which uses a focused beam of electrons to produce intricate, high magnification images of a sample’s surface topography.

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Dynamic Mechanical Analysis Testing (DMA)

Element's dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) is a powerful tool for understanding the thermal and mechanical properties of polymeric materials.

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Gas Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy

GC/MS is a combination of two advanced analytical techniques which allow for the identification and precise quantification of volatile and semi-volatile compounds for liquid, gaseous and solid samples.

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Differential Scanning Calorimetry Analysis

Element performs DSC testing experts have years of experience across a variety of industries, and can help you overcome the unique challenges inherent with non-metallic materials.

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Thermal Conductivity Testing and Measurement

Element offers effective thermal conductivity and measurement services for a wide range of materials, to ensure they insulate, conduct and withstand temperature changes in Aerospace, Oil & Gas and Transportation applications.

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