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 measure and predict overall durability of the material as it may perform in real world applications.

Abrasion characteristics are critically important in many rubber and plastic applications as a measure of durability. A variety of methods are available:

We have the capability to test vulcanized test plaques, as well as actual products. Our laboratories offer a wide range of abrasive wheels, speeds and test loadings.

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.

We can test this to BS ISO 4649 or ASTM D5963.

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.

Across our laboratories we can test to BS EN ISO 5470, ASTM D4157 and ASTM D3389.

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.).

We can test to ASTM D1630

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.

We can test to ASTM D2228.

Sample Preparation

The presence of our extensive sample preparation facilities which include the thickness reduction of rubbers by slitting/buffing and a CNC machine and our on-site moulding function ensure we are able to test a wide variety of materials and product forms.

Common Test Protocols

BS ISO 4649 / ASTM D5963

Rotary Drum Abrasion (DIN Abrasion)

BS EN ISO 5470 / ASTM D4157 / ASTM D3389

Taber Abrasion

ASTM D1630

NBS Abrasion

ASTM D2228

Pico Abrasion