Rubber Testing AnalysisWhy Test Rubber?
Manufacturers select component materials for use in their products based on the expected performance capabilities of those chosen materials. For example, tires need to be durable enough to withstand normal driving conditions, pliable enough to deform without breaking when exposed to stress, elastic enough to snap back into shape after they have been deformed by extreme amounts of pressure, and tough enough to resist failure due to tearing. To ensure that the rubber they choose will perform to expectations during end use, OEMs send samples to a third party that specializes in analyzing their material — like PTS Testing Service rubber testing labs.
Methods Used in Our Rubber Testing Labs
PTS Testing Service offers a list of mechanical and chemical tests that will determine the characteristics of clients’ test materials, whether for quality control or failure analysis purposes. PTS rubber testing labs perform the following rubber-related testing methods, for which we are ISO 17025 accredited to conduct to their to their relevant ASTM standards:
Tensile strength, percent elongation, breaking point of material
Properties are highly dependent on the test speed and should be closely controlled
ASTM D412, ASTM D638, ISO 527-1, DIN 53504
Tests resistance to deformation under load
Categorized into various scales depending on type of rubber (Shore A or Shore D)
ASTM D2240, DIN 53505
Compression Set Testing
Tests durability and elasticity, either in air liquid media
Only used for rubber
Determines material’s ability to retain its original shape after being subjected to extended periods of compressive loads
Applied either at set deflection or force at different temperatures
Uses FTIR method
Analyzes chemical makeup of polymer
Can be used for quality control, failure analysis, etc.
About PTS Testing Service
PTS Testing Service has provided world-class testing, inspection, and engineering consulting services. We serve clients from around the globe who lead a variety of industries.
PTS Testing Service doesn’t only analyze rubber materials, either; our polymer testing laboratories regularly test plastics, resins, and other polymeric materials to determine their various mechanical, chemical, and thermal characteristics.
Our Commitment to Quality
PTS Testing Service labs operate according to our ISO/IEC 17025 certified quality management system. By attuning our procedures to the internationally recognized standard for quality assurance practices, ATS is able to deliver continually improving services to our clientele.
As a result of our commitment to quality, PTS Testing Service ensures that clients receive clear and accurate reporting from our testing personnel. These experts in their respective fields of mechanical testing and chemical analysis pledge to remain engaged, accessible, and responsive to our clients’ needs throughout the testing process. It is due to the combination of their expertise and access to our regularly calibrated equipment that ATS can deliver these accurate results quickly. Our rubber testing labs are well equipped to handle your polymer testing needs.