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Plastics Testing

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)

Our Sustainability Initiatives

Nothing less than the future is at stake. Companies, institutions, public authorities and each and every one of us can play a positive role in shaping the path to tomorrow. We provide you with comprehensive support to ensure that you operate safely, sustainably and efficiently for many years to come.

Sustainable Consumption

Sustainable materials, products, packaging and cycles

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Sustainability Service Search

Test, evaluate, certify, and more: our sustainability services

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Sustainability Strategy 2025

Find out how we work with you to protect the future

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