Although composites have been used since the first brick was formed, new composites are wonders of materials science
Composite testing is increasingly crucial for aerospace, military, power generation, and transportation applications. By combining desired properties of ceramics, polymers, metals, glass, cellulose, and other materials, advanced composites protect spacecraft from the heat of launch or stop bullets as a layer in lightweight body armor.
Composite Testing in the Hands of Experts
Testing composites requires specialized knowledge, experience and equipment. Element’s state-of-the-art composite testing laboratories are ISO 17025 accredited, and outfitted with the tools necessary for even the most sophisticated projects. Our chemists, engineers, and materials scientists will evaluate your composite samples to meet your quality standards or regulatory requirements, no matter how rigorous.
For more information about our composite testing capabilities, or to speak with an expert, contact us today.
Composite materials testing capabilities
We have capabilities in all required mechanical, non-destructive, chemical and physical testing to qualify your composites. We also provide environmental testing services to evaluate mechanical, thermal and chemical impact on composites.
Composite Material Selection and Qualification
Our composite testing experts can help establish requirement documentation regarding materials properties, in support of the materials selection process. We perform all required composite testing and characterisation, and write the qualification report and material specifications and standards. Our clean-room facilities are used to manufacture test panels by wet lay-up, injection and autoclave curing.
Manufacturing Process Development
Our composite testing experience includes optimization of prepreg, wet lay-up, RTM, and resin infusion techniques to ensure product quality. We can also provide written process specifications and instructions.
We can provide composite repair on products when they are in production and in service. The repair procedure can include inspection and preparation, material selection, performance of the repair, and validation using non-destructive testing (NDT) as part of our overall composite testing service.
Working Environment Safety
We have the knowledge to identify health hazards during manufacturing and maintenance procedures, or at the site of an accident or fire. We are able to measure the type and amount of hazardous airborne dust and emission of chemicals, and can help you to prevent hazards by developing strategies for personal protection and by designing the workplace to minimize risk.
Standards we test to
American Society for Testing & Materials
ASTM C190, ASTM C348, ASTM C482, ASTM C67, ASTM C1161, ASTM C1273, ASTM C1275 , ASTM C1291, ASTM C1292 , ASTM C1337 , ASTM C1341, ASTM C1358, ASTM C1359, ASTM C1360, ASTM C1361, ASTM C1366, ASTM C1425, ASTM C1468, ASTM D7291, ASTM D6415, ASTM D3410, ASTM D6641, ASTM D6484, ASTM D3039, ASTM D5766, ASTM D3518, ASTM D2344, ASTM D5379, ASTM D7078, ASTM D7136, ASTM D7137, ASTM D5528, ASTM D6671, ASTM D3479, ASTM E1640, ASTM D7028, ASTM E1545, ASTM E831, ASTM D3418, ASTM E1356, ASTM D7426
International Code Council
ICC-ES AC 01, ICC-ES AC 58, ICC-ES AC 70, ICC-ES AC106
International Standards Organization
Suppliers of Advanced Composite Materials Association
Ceramic Matrix Composite Testing
Using ceramics as base materials, Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) bring ultra-light strength, heat-resistance and durability to the aerospace sector and beyond.
One of the newest materials on the market, Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) are extremely light-weight materials that can withstand incredibly high temperatures. As technology continues to advance, these materials are becoming integral components in aerospace, transportation and other industries.
We are experts in testing thermal, mechanical and structural properties of CMCs. Our capabilities include:
- Precision Specimen Preparation, including tight tolerance machining, radius creation and precision hole introduction
- Temperature capability from -300°F to 3,000°F
- Static and Fatigue testing: Tensile, compression, flex, shear, through-thickness and others
- Fatigue testing, load control, strain control, spectrum and custom
- Proprietary and custom testing
- Feature based/element/component testing
- Structural tests with multi-channel data acquisition
- Temperature capability from -300°F to 3000°F
- Fatigue, High Cycle Fatigue (HCF), Dwell, Strain Control
- Structural tests with multi-channel data acquisition
Polymer Matrix Composite Testing
Polymer Matrix Composites (PMCs) combine the flexibility and fluid properties of plastics with the strength of more traditional materials, creating composites as durable as they are versatile.
Element is a proactive participant and leader within the international advanced composites community with active membership in ASTM D30, the Committee on Composite Materials, CMH-17 the Composite Materials Handbook (formerly MIL-HDBK-17), NADCAP and A2LA.
We excel in testing the mechanical, thermal and thermo-physical properties of PMCs. Some of our capabilities include:
- Tensile Properties
- Interlaminar tension
- Compressive Properties
- Shear Properties
- Temperature Capability from -300°F to 700°F
- Impact and Compression after Impact
- Fracture Toughness including GIC, GIIC and mixed mode Gc
- Structural Tests with Multi-Channel Data Acquisition
- Thermal Analysis
- Melting Point and Transition Temperatures
- Glass Transition Temperature (Tg)
- Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion
- Glass Transition Temperature
- Resin, Fiber and Void Volumes
- Gel Time
Composite Building Materials Testing
Construction and building materials have greatly benefited from the newest wave of material innovation; new composite building materials are lighter, stronger and more versatile than ever.
As consumer and industry demands for durable and affordable building materials have increased, manufacturers have needed to switch from traditional masonry materials to new alternatives. As a result, composites have been an integral part of this changing industry.
As a leader in building products testing, we hold active membership in professional societies such as ACIL, ASTM, ASCE, ASNT, AWS, AFSE, and CEC. Our experts are involved in organizations that promote continuing education, and are knowledgeable in all aspects of testing, research, and product selection.
While we offer an extensive range of services in construction and building materials, some of the testing we offer includes:
- Testing Strength
- Flexural Strength
- Bond Strength of Adhesives and Mortars
- Brick and Clay Sampling
- Concrete Anchor Testing
- Aggregate Testing
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