When friction is the predominant factor causing deterioration of your materials, abrasion and wear testing will give you data to compare materials or coatings and can help you predict the lifetime of a material or coating.

Abrasion testing is used to test the abrasive resistance of solid materials. Materials such as metals, composites, ceramics, and thick (weld overlays and thermal spray) coatings can be tested with these methods. The intent of abrasion testing is to produce data that will reproducibly rank materials in their resistance to scratching abrasion under a specified set of conditions.

Standard abrasion testing methods should not be used to predict the exact resistance of a given material in a specific environment. Its value lies in predictively ranking materials in a similar relative order of merit as would occur in an abrasive environment.  

A customized wear testing program, on the other hand, can be configured to closely mimic actual operating conditions, including temperature and fluids, and direction of wear. This custom approach will result in wear testing data that is much more relatable to the specific work environment in question.

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Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) is a reliable and cost-effective method for measuring glass transition temperature (Tg), phase transitions and more. 

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Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA)

Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA) uses a material's coefficient of thermal expansion to produce data on a wide range of polymeric thermal properties.

Abrasion & Wear Testing


ASTM International

ASTM C131, ASTM C33, ASTM C501, ASTM D1044, ASTM D1117, ASTM D3389, ASTM D3884, ASTM D4060, ASTM D4157, ASTM D4966, ASTM D6037, ASTM F1978, ASTM F2357, ASTM F732, ASTM G132, ASTM G133, ASTM G65, ASTM G77, ASTM G99 

Automotive Test Standards

Daimler-Chrysler MS-3589  Mirror-Rearview-Flat or Convex

Delco TM-224 Abrasion Test: Hot Stamped Finishes and Labels

ECCA - T11 M.E.K./Solvent Rubbing Test - Organic coatings on metallic substrates  

EN 1096-2  Glass In Building - Coated Glass

ES-X60210 (Mitsubishi Motors) Plastic Parts - Interior Trims

Kia MS 210-05  Wear and Scratch resistance

Toyota Engineering Standard TSL2105G Wear and Scratch resistance

GME 60269 General Motors  Abrasion Resistance of Metallized, Painted, Printed Plastic Parts

GME 60368 General Motors f Abrasion Resistance of Artificial Leather

GME 8797 General Motors Stability of Textile decoration Materials against Mechanical Load

GMW 14125 General Motors Linear Abrasion Testing

GMW 14130 General Motors Resistance to Marring or Scuffing

GMW 14688 General Motors Plastic Scratch and Mar Resistance

SAE International


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