World-class testing and R&D services
Product and Material TestingTest Facilities
UNIVERSAL TESTING MACHINES
Systems equipped with advanced video extensometers to determine the tensile properties of rubber eg tensile strength and elongation at break.
The equipment can also be programmed to perform complex cycles, in both tension and compression, to characterise changes in rubber properties that arise during the first few deformation cycles.
DYNAMIC MECHANICAL THERMAL ANALYSIS (DMTA) TEST EQUIPMENT
DMTA test equipment is configured to determine the visco-elastic properties of materials; modulus and damping ( tan δ). The response of a material to a sinusoidal oscillatory deformation is measured under controlled strain, temperature and frequency conditions.
The equipment can be configured to determine the temperature, strain and frequency dependent properties of sample materials.
HARDNESS TEST EQUIPMENT
A range of test equipment for measurement of hardness via the ‘dead load’ (IRHD) and Durometer (Shore A and D) methods.
Equipment for measurement of rapid plasticity and plasticity retention index of raw natural rubber.
RESILIENCE TEST EQUIPMENT
Equipment configured for measurement of resilience via the Dunlop tripsometer and Lupke pendulum methods.
ABRASION TEST EQUIPMENT
Test equipment configured to measure abrasion properties by both the DIN and Akron Methods.
FATIGUE TEST EQUIPMENT
Test systems configured to measure ring, tensile or flex (De Mattia) fatigue.
OZONE TEST CHAMBER
A test facility for determining ozone resistance under static strain conditions.
MECHANICAL TEST EQUIPMENT FOR ENGINEERING COMPONENTS
We have a comprehensive set of mechanical test equipment for engineering components, suitable for both component tests (up to 2500kN dynamic) and material characterisation tests, including environmental chambers and an ozone room. Specialist material test facilities cover thermal conductivity, friction over a wide range of normal stresses, crack-growth characteristics and fatigue flaw size estimation. Advice can be provided on choice of test, for example for characterising the stress-strain behaviour of materials for simulation in Finite Element Analysis.