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Plastics Testing

Performance Tests for Plastics

Thermoplastics, elastomeres, thermosets, composite materials, and foams: tomorrow’s products are based on innovative plastics and polymers. But are your materials tough enough to withstand stress? We evaluate your products and test for legal compliance - covering everything from flexibility and abrasion resistance tests, impact tests, ozone resistance tests, melting point tests, and scanning electron microscopy analysis.

Benefits at a Glance

Independent products tests by the experts at TÜV Rheinland enable you to:

  • Gain greater confidence when it comes to product liability
  • Give customers clear guidance and improve your market position with an independent test mark
  • Boost customers' confidence in the quality and reliability of your products
  • Show that your products are certified and meet legal requirements

Our Testing Procedure

Chemical and Physical Tests

  • Thermal analysis
  • Differential scanning calorimetry, or DSC, to determine melting points, proof of thermosetting, and other thermally induced changes
  • Thermogravimetric analysis to determine the composition of materials, such as rubber, or to determine filler material concentration, etc
  • UV exposure
  • Ozone resistance
  • Chemical resistance
  • Infrared spectroscopy (e.g., to identify plastic)
  • Viscosity measurements, melt index, solvent viscosity

Mechanical tests

  • Tensile, pressure, and flexural tests
  • Creep tests
  • Hardness tests, Shore A and D; IRHD; micro IRHD and ball hardness
  • Impact tests
  • Abrasion resistance tests
  • Tear resistance tests
  • Long-term behavior tests

Other tests

  • Microstructural examinations of microtomy sections to optimize processing conditions and improve quality
  • Light microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Special problem-based tests of all kinds

Our Test Standards

Our team tests your products based on the following standards and norms:

  • Determination of tensile characteristics (DIN EN ISO 527)
  • Determination of flexural characteristics (DIN EN ISO 178)
  • Thermogravimetric analysis of polymers (DIN EN ISO 11 358)
  • DSC, melting and crystallization temperature (ISO 11 357-3)