MATERIAL CHARACTERIZATION

A comprehensive characterization of composite materials and their components is crucial in establishing a meaningful structure-property relationship. 
In material characterization, we cover the thermal, thermo-mechanical, rheological and structural characterization of all composite materials and individual components used in composite manufacturing.
 

We can characterize the thermal and thermo-mechanical properties of materials using;

  • Thermo-gravimetric (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal conductivity measurements. 

  • In addition to the conventional DSC method, various modes, such as modulated, high pressure and flash DSC can be conducted.

  • Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and thermo-mechanical analysis (TMA) using various test modes for all materials. 

  • Rheological analysis, heat deflection temperature (HDT), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), FT-IR spectroscopy, thermal conductivity and contact angle measurement.

OUTPUTS

  • Thermal stability and degradation behavior of materials

  • Thermal transition of materials under controlled, variable heating and cooling rates

  • Thermo-mechanical behavior of materials under load

  • Rheological behavior of materials under variable shear or temperature

  • Thermal conductivity of materials

  • Molecular weight analysis of polymers and oligomers

  • Heat deflection temperature

  • Contact angle of liquids on surfaces

TARGET SECTORS

Aerospace and automotive industries, plastic and polymer processing industries, chemical raw and intermediate material manufacturers.

EQUIPMENTS

  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR)

  • Stereo Microscopes

  • Metal Microscopes

  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)

  • Simultaneous Thermal Analysis (TGA/DSC)

  • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) 40 N

  • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) 10 N

  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

  • TwinDrive Reometer

  • High-Pressure Differential Scanning Calorimetry (HPDSC)

  • Flash Differential Scanning Calorimetry (Flash DSC)

  • Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA)

  • Analytical Balances

  • Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)

  • Liquid Chromatography

  • Thermal Constant Analyzer

  • Automatic Extraction Device

  • HDT / VICAT Test Device

  • Drop Shape Analyzer

  • Tensiometer

Service Name

(Test / Manufacturing Activity)

Sample Material Type

Explanations

(Conditions, Exceptions, Tool, etc.)

National / International

Standards

Availability of Laboratory

Accreditation / Quality

Certification

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)

Three Point Bending, Single or Dual

Cantilever, Tension / Shear /

Compression Modes

 

30oC - 500oC

30oC - 500o

-150oC - 500oC

ASTM D7028

ASTM D4065

ASTM D4473

 
   
   

Flash Differential Scanning Calorimetry

(Flash DSC)

   30oC - 550oC    

High Pressure Differential Scanning

Calorimetry (HPDSC)

  30oC - 700oC

 ASTM D5885 

ASTM D5483 

ASTM D6186

 
   
   
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
   
 

30oC - 700o

-60oC - 700o

-150oC - 700oC

 ISO 11357-2  x
   ISO 11357-3  x
 

ASTM E793

ASTM E794

 
   
DSC Microscopy  

 30oC - 700o

-100oC - 500oC

   
     

Oxidation Induction Time / Temperature

(OIT) Determination (DSC)

 

    ISO 11357-6  
ASTM D3895  
Heat Capacity (Cp) Determination (DSC)    30oC - 500oC

ISO 11357-4

ASTM E1269

 
Thermomechanical Analysis (TMA)  

 30oC - 600o

-60oC - 600oC

-150oC - 600oC

 ASTM E831 

ASTM E1545 

ASTM E228

 
   
   
Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA / DSC)   30oC - 1500o  EN ISO 11358  x
Determination of Carbon Black (TGA)    ASTM D5805  
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)    Spectrum Filming  EN 6042  
 ASTM E1252  
High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)   Spectrum Filming EN 6040  
Thermomechanic HDT / Vicat Test   30oC - 300oC, HDT ISO 75, ASTM D648  
  30oC - 300oC, Vicat ISO 306, ASTM D1525  
Thermal Conductivity Measurement   Thermal Conductivity ISO 22007  
% Resin, Fiber Determination   Automatic Solvent Extraction    
  24 hour Solvent Extraction ASTM C613  
Surface Tension Measurement   With Wilhelmy Plate    
Microscope Imaging   With Metal or Stereo Optic Microscope    
Temperature Sweep   With Rheometry ISO 6721-10
   
 
Strain Sweep    
Frequency Sweep    
Viscosity Measurement    
Determination of Gel Time    
Thermoplastic Rheology