To test polymers in all their configurations requires specialized training and cutting edge instruments and equipment. Element's advanced polymer testing laboratories are staffed with polymer experts who have experience in polymer and elastomer characterization and processing, additives, impact modifiers, alloys, and blends.

Services and Standards

Polymer Laboratory Services

Chemical Analysis: Element operates chemistry laboratories that specialize in chemical analysis of plastics and polymers, as well as other materials. Tests and capabilities include: Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy - FTIR, Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy - EDS, Beilstein halogen determination, plastic moisture content, and melt flow rate.

Thermal Analysis: To determine plastic or polymer properties, Element experts measure changes to the materials in response to time and temperature testing and thermal analysis methods. Tests and capabilities include: Differential Scanning Calorimetry - DSC, Thermogravimetric analysis - TGA, Thermomechanical Analysis -TMA, and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis - DMA.

Mechanical Testing: Plastic tensile testing evaluates a plastic or polymer material's ability to withstand the force required to break it, stretch it, or elongate it to that breaking point. Tests and capabilities include: tensile testing, compression testing, flexural testing, proof load testing, durometer hardness testing, plastic Rockwell hardness testing, compression set, and falling weight impact testing, tensile strength at yield, tensile strength at break, tensile modulus, tensile strain, elongation at yield, percent elongation at yield, elongation at break, and percent elongation at break. View a video on plastic tensile testing at right.

Weathering & Aging Studies: Element experts subject plastic and polymer materials to impact, weathering, temperature, humidity, ultraviolet light, heat, and other environmental tests to measure these effects on its properties and performance. Tests and capabilities include plastic heat testing, thermal cycling, humidity, chemical resistance, environmental stress cracking, and UV testing and weathering.

Paints and Coatings Analysis Services: Element operates paint testing labs to evaluate the performance and properties of surface treatments like paints and coatings. Tests and capabilities include: paint and coating cross-hatch adhesion, coating thickness measurement, coating pull-off strength, color and gloss measurement, taber abrasion, aging studies, chemical resistance, electrochemical corrosion studies, plastic salt fog, humidity, QUV aging, coating thickness, metallography, and pencil hardness.

Testing with Scanning Electron Microscopy - SEM: Scanning electron microscopes in Element locations are used by our plastic and polymer experts to analysis failure of plastic or polymeric materials and determine properties. Tests and capabilities include: low and high magnification, fractography, chemical attack, and particulate evaluation.


ASTM D256, ASTM D395, ASTM D412, ASTM D471, ASTM D518, ASTM D522, ASTM D543, ASTM D570, ASTM D573, ASTM D575, ASTM D618, ASTM D622, ASTM D624, ASTM D635, ASTM D638, ASTM D695, ASTM D785, ASTM D790, ASTM D792, ASTM D882, ASTM D1004, ASTM D1149, ASTM D1238, ASTM D1414, ASTM D1621, ASTM D1622, ASTM D1894, ASTM D2126, ASTM D2240, ASTM D2412, ASTM D2457, ASTM D2565, ASTM D3039, ASTM D3163, ASTM D3164/3164M, ASTM D3165, ASTM D3389, ASTM D3763, ASTM D4674, ASTM D5420, ASTM D5630, ASTM D5868, ASTM D6110, ASTM E96, ASTM E517. ASTM E646, ASTM E1209, ASTM E1210, ASTM E1219, ASTM E1220, ASTM E1351, ASTM E1418, ASTM E1952, ASTM F1776, ASTM G65

Chrysler MS-DC 40

GM2617M, GM9500P, GM9501P, GM9502P, GM9504P, GM9505P, GM9506P, GM9509P, GMNA GM3626M, GMNA GM3802M, GMNA GM4350M, GMNA GM4351M, GMNA GM6083M

ISO 9352

MIL-DTL-13444, MIL-DTL-13531

NEN-EN-ISO 7438, NEN-EN-ISO 8492, NEN-EN-ISO 8493, NEN-EN-ISO 8495


SAE J400, SAE J1402

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