Element’s polymer testing labs offer world-class expertise in testing for polymeric materials, including elastomers, thermoplastics, composites, coatings, and structural adhesives in a variety of industries.


Element’s network of cutting-edge polymer testing labs provide insight on how plastics and other polymeric materials will perform under mechanical and environmental stresses. Our expert staff and advanced laboratory technology allow us to perform a truly comprehensive range of tests, including compositional and chemical analysis, thermal analysis, permeation testing, and mechanical testing of polymers.

Trust an Element polymer testing lab to help you understand the limits of your materials and get the most value throughout their life cycle. For a full list of the standards and methods we utilize, or to learn more about custom testing, please contact us.


Mechanical Testing of Polymers

Polymer mechanical testing subjects the test specimen to different degrees and types of mechanical stress to understand how it will perform under extreme conditions. Element’s capabilities for mechanical testing include, but are not limited to:

  • Hardness testing for polymers and composites
  • Polymer tensile testing (strength)
  • Polymer compression, impact, creep and fatigue testing
  • Yield, adhesive and peel strength


Chemical & Compositional Polymer Testing

Element’s labs can also provide detailed information on the chemical makeup of a polymeric material, which gives insight on its quality, determines its compatibility with other materials and identifies any impurities or contaminants.

Our labs can identify the components of an unknown polymeric material in great detail using expert chemical and thermal analysis techniques. Chemical polymer testing may be necessary for material verification, failure analysis, or deformulation.

To learn more about Element’s polymer testing capabilities, or request a quote, contact us today.

Our services


Mechanical Testing Services for Polymers

Element offers comprehensive mechanical testing services for polymers, elastomers, composites and thermoplastics, including fatigue, impact, creep, tensile, compression, bending and shear.

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Compatibility Testing

Our compatibility testing services evaluate whether a fluid-polymer solution can sustain operation functionality, or if there are potential issues that could result in system failures.

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Analytical Testing

Element provides a range of analytical testing services for polymers, such as glass transition temperature, melting point, crystallinity, specific heat, thremal conductivity, weight loss, and dimensional and modulus changes. 

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Tensile Testing

Polymer Failure Analysis

Element experts are here to help you with your failure analysis on plastics, composites, rubbers, adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings.


Permeation & Diffusion Testing

With a unique range of permeating capabilities for polymers, thermoplastics, elastomers and composites, we can simulate the high pressure and extreme temperatures found in deep wells, or the conditions in an automotive applications, utilities industry or chemical processing equipment.

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High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) Exposure Testing Services

We offer extensive services for the qualification and compatibility of polymer materials exposed to production fluids at high pressure and high temperature (HPHT).

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Thermal Insulation Coatings

Our industry-leading coating expertise covers a wide range of applications and client needs. Using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, we provide consulting, investigation and testing of thermal insulation coatings.

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Finite Element Analysis Services (FEA) 

Element offers advanced numerical analysis service using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) techniques using industry standard software to predict the long term behavior of materials components and products when in service.

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Plastic Pipes & Fittings Testing

Our plastic pipe testing program offers test data for product classification and lifetime evaluation to resin manufacturers, pipe extruders and certification bodies worldwide. 

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Polymer testing services

Custom Testing Solutions

In addition to providing testing according to recognized industry standards such as ISO and ASTM, Element has years of experience in developing custom test methods and equipment based around clients' project requirements.

Element’s Engaged Experts are able to develop custom test methods and equipment when standard test methods are not available, or when clients wish to explore material performance limits, accommodate particularly severe operating conditions, or investigate new materials and new equipment design. 

Combining industry experience with state-of the-art-laboratories and a diverse range of equipment, Element tailors bespoke testing programs around your needs whilst adopting a flexible approach to meeting requests, even for the most challenging projects.  

Our capabilities include:

  • The design, fabrication, and commissioning of test rigs and fixtures
  • The use of DAQ software for instrumentation: measurement of pressure, temperature, stress, strain, load, and displacement
  • The use of machine control software: control of temperature, pressure, displacement, actuation devices
  • Image processing software: fracture surface analysis, dimensional change
  • New operating procedure development
  • Consultancy

Our team of over 9,000 Engaged Experts in North America, Europe, The Middle East, Australia, Asia and Africa are ready to help you.