As rubber comes in contact with various surfaces, wear characteristics are critical to predicting ultimate performance of the end product. Abrasion testing can be used to predict overall durability of the material as it may perform in real world applications.

Our labs have the capability to test vulcanized test plaques as well as actual products and are fully equipped with a wide range of abrasive wheels, speeds, and testing loadings. Our expert team can design and conduct a custom testing package to support your product needs:

Rotary Drum Abrasion (DIN Abrasion)

The Rotatory Drum Abrasion (Din Abrasion) method measures the volume loss due to the abrasive action of rubbing a test piece over a specified grade of abrasive sheet. The result can be reported as a relative volume loss or an abrasion resistance index.

Taber Abrasion

Taber Abrasion method is used for determining the resistance to abrasive wear of plastics or rubber under the action of abrasive wheels. We can offer a wide range of abrasive wheels, speeds and test loadings.

NBS Abrasion

This test method is used to determine resistance of rubber by applying a downward force. This method is most commonly used for evaluating abrasion resistance in footwear (i.e. rubber soles and heels, etc.).

Pico Abrasion

In this test method, rubber samples are pressed against two metal blades and rotated at a specified speed to help determine resistance to abrasion.

Additional Capabilities

Our extensive sample preparation facilities are equipped with a CNC machine, on-site moulding, and slitting and buffing equipment to reduce rubber thickness.

For more information, please contact us.

Common Evaluations and Test Protocols Performed in our Labs

  • ASTM D1630 – Standard Test Method for Rubber Property – Abrasion Resistance 
  • ASTM D2228 – Standard Test Method for Rubber Property—Relative Abrasion Resistance
  • ASTM D3389 – Standard Test Method for Coated Fabrics Abrasion Resistance 
  • ASTM D4157 – Standard Test Method for Abrasion Resistance of Textile Fabrics 
  • BS EN ISO 5470 – Rubber- or plastics-coated fabrics – Determination of abrasion resistance
  • BS ISO 4649 – Rubber, vulcanized or thermoplastic – Determination of abrasion resistance using a rotating cylindrical drum device