Rubber and Elastomer Physical Testing

Evaluation of the physical properties of rubber, plastic and elastomer materials can be used to predict the durability and performance for use in a multitude of final product applications.

rubber flex fatigue testingA wide range of physical, mechanical and electrical testing on elastomeric, rubber, plastic and silicone materials provides an objective understanding of the material. Within our ISO 17025 laboratories we routinely undertake independent measurement of material properties and composition to support research and development activities, for regulatory requirements or OEM submissions.

Experts in Customized Testing 

We specialize in combining test methods and creating individual test programs based on your requirements to fully investigate material suitability to a specific application. We can also work with you to develop a custom test method, should it be needed.

Performance of many elastomeric materials changes significantly across the temperature range it will see in service. This is a major consideration for design engineers, as the polymer or the constituents of the mix reach transition at varying temperatures. Our experts can advise on appropriate test methodology where environmental conditions such as temperature, pressure and contaminants are factors in polymer performance over its service life.

rubber samplesSample Preparation Support

Our extensive sample preparation service can mould and form test specimens from most states, granules, powder or extraction of specimens from a final product.

We are always happy to talk to you about the suitability of particular tests, so contact us if you have questions about the test itself or the support you need for your particular project or issue.

You can browse each section listed on the right to see our full range of tests. We are always happy to talk to you about the suitability of particular tests, so please make contact with the Smithers Rapra expert shown if you have questions about the test itself or the support you need for your particular project or issue.

Our Physical Properties Testing for Rubbers and Elastomers includes:

Abrasive Properties 

Electrical Properties

Puncture Resistance

Adhesion Testing

Fatigue Testing

Resilience Testing

Brittleness

Finite Element Analysis Data (FEA)

Retraction Rheology

Biaxial Testing

Flexural Properties

Shear Properties

Compression Set

Fluid and Chemical Compatibility testing

Stress

Compressive Properties

Frictional Properties

Stress Relaxation

Corrosion Resistance

Hardness Properties

Tear Resistance

Crack Growth

Heat Build Up Testing

Tensile Properties

Cross link Density

Low Temperature Properties

Tensile Set

Crystallisation

Moisture Content

Torsional Testing

Density

Optical and Colour Properties

Volume Swell

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

Permeability / Barrier Properties

Weld Strength

Differential Scanning Calorimetry  

 

 

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