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Rubber Consultants apply OM for imaging a wide range of materials including plastics, rubber, metal and composites.

OM is typically used as a supportive technique to other microscopy techniques.

Sample preparation for OM examinations can include cutting samples, extraction, fracturing and freeze fracturing surfaces. 

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  • Detailed examination of specimens such as cross section of articles, corrosion, rust and contamination 
  • Observe surface degradation or discolouration (e.g. cracking, wear and bloom)
  • Type and location of bond failure such as rubber to rubber and rubber to metal bonding
  • Root cause of failure and failure mechanics for example: viewing fatigue, tear surfaces and fracture points
  • Investigate macro-dispersion 
  • Particle size analysis
  • Imaging  fillers and crumb that are very often used in rubber products
Kathy Lawrence

Our Expert

Kathy Lawrence

Email: klawrence@tarrc.co.uk or info@rubberconsultants.com