Material Characterization


Material Characterization

A comprehensive characterization of composite materials and their individual components is crucial in establishing a meaningful structure-property relationship. Material Characterization Laboratory at SU-IMC covers the thermal, thermo-mechanical, rheological and structural characterization of all composite materials and individual components used in composite manufacturing.


Material Characterization Laboratory at SU-IMC is capable of characterizing thermal properties of materials by means of thermo-gravimetric (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal conductivity measurements. In addition to conventional DSC method, various modes, such as modulated, high pressure and flash DSC can be conducted. On the other hand, thermo-mechanical properties of materials are determined by means of dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and thermo-mechanical analysis (TMA) using various test modes for all materials. Other capabilities include rheological analysis, heat deflection temperature (HDT), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), FT-IR spectroscopy, thermal conductivity and contact angle measurement.



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



Aerospace and automotive industries, plastic and polymer processing industries, chemical raw and intermediate material manufacturers, and all academic and research centers focused on composit materials.



      - 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