Chemical Analysis Of Polymers, Composites, and Plastics Services


Chemical analysis of polymers validate the desirable properties of polymer, composite, and plastic materials. Variations in material chemistry and processing can strongly affect those properties, leading to poor performance or failure in the intended application.  IMR’s extensive capabilities and experience in the chemical and thermal analysis of these materials helps assure that a product will perform as intended.

Thermal testing / Material identification

    • Thermo-Gravimetric Analysis (TGA)
    • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
    • Thermo-Mechanical Analysis (TMA)
    • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
    • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
    • Scanning Electron Microscopy / Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (SEM/EDS)
    • Melt Flow Index

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Determining the molecular chemistry of non-metallic materials is primarily accomplished using FTIR and Micro-FTIR Spectroscopy. This technique provides rapid confirmation that a sample is made from the proper material and often whether there are contaminants present.

IMR utilizes testing methods to analyze composites made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties that, when combined, produce a material with characteristics different from the individual components.

The principle of this type of analysis is that once an ion's mass has been determined as a unique compound, that known measurement can then be used to determine the same analyte's mass in a mixture, as long as the relative quantities of the other constituents are known.

The melt flow index (MFI) or melt flow rate (MFR) is a measure for the ease of flow of melted plastics. It is often used in the plastic industry for quality control of thermoplastics. The method is described in the standards ASTM D1238 and ISO 1133.

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Tests are designed to evaluate ignition susceptibility, burning propagation, or combustion characteristics of non-metallic materials under a range of pressure and temperature conditions.

IMR performs Vertical Burn Testing to FMVSS 302 and UL 94 requirements.