There are a number of factors which influence the life span of a product, component or material, which is why many companies choose to outsource for an expert review of their project. Over the years, Smithers Rapra has developed a reliable testing portfolio to enable us to make accurate life predictions for plastic and rubber materials.
Accelerated Ageing of Rubbers and Plastics
Accelerated ageing can be a highly effective method of predicting lifetime performance, but due to the complicated nature of polymer and elastomer behaviour it requires expert guidance in order to achieve reliable data.
Our experts can advise on:
If accelerated ageing is feasible for your product, component or material
The appropriate test strategy required
Our in-house testing facilities are equipped for heat, light and fatigue accelerated testing.
Specialist support for the Medical Industry
For products or materials which require sterilisation, our experts can provide consultative support throughout product development; from material selection to decisions on sterilising process.
We also offer a comprehensive range of physical and chemical testing studies to support any evaluation:
- Chemical analysis; spectroscopy, surface analysis, GPC, DMA, DSC, TGA
- Material testing; hardness, impact strength, tensile strength and modulus, tear strength, elongation
- Package and Distribution testing; our sister company Smithers Pira offers a range of packaging integrity tests designed specifically for sterile packages
For guidance with life prediction please get in touch with our featured experts.