Mechanical & Physical Testing

Mechanical Testing

Properties Measured

Modulus (various)

Tensile Strength

Flexural Strength

Compressive Strength


Shear Properties

Puncture Resistance

Tear Properties (C, T, Trapezoidal)

Peel Properties (various)

Adhesion Properties (various)

Fatigue Properties

Stress Relaxation

Creep Properties

*Many of these properties can be measured at sub-ambient and elevated temperature

Instrumental Capabilities

Temperature Range: -70°C to 350°C

Maximum Force: 250 kN (ca. 56,000 lbf)

Strain Measurement: non-contacting video, contacting strain gauge, contacting long travel, crosshead travel

Cyclic / Fatigue Testing (maximum rate ca. 64 cm/min)

64 cm/min (25 in/min)

Deformation Modes

Uniaxial Tension

Uniaxial Compression

Planar Tension

3-point, 4-point Flexural


Ring Shear

Short Beam Shear

Example Test Protocols


Standard Test Methods for Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers – Tension


Standard Test Method for Tear Strength of Conventional Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers


Standard Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics


Standard Test Method for Compressive Properties of Rigid Plastics


Standard Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials

ASTM D1414

Standard Test Methods for Rubber O-rings

ASTM D1708

Standard Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics by Use of Microtensile Specimens

ASTM D2344

Standard Test Method for Short-Beam Strength of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials and Their Laminates


Standard Test Methods for Coated Fabrics

Many of these standards have ISO analogues which we can also perform.  Further, if you don’t see what you are looking for here, just call or send us a note….we can perform many other tests including customized one-of-a-kind tests.


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