Laboratory Analysis and characterization of elastomers and rubbers

Your needs : to verify the quality of your elastomer materials as part of the designing process or the improvement of your products

What is an elastomer ?

An elastomer, commonly known as called rubber is a polymer with elastic properties which allow it to withstand several distortions before breaking. Elastomers can occur in nature or they can also be synthetic or derived from petroleum.

Elastomers play a key role in the tire industry. More than half of worldwide production of elastomers is used by this sector of industry. Elastomers are also used in other fields to make joints and piping and are often used in association with other materials such as textiles, metals or plastics.

Why carry out analyses on elastomers ?

The analysis and the study of polymer-based materials and elastomers is a key step of manufacturing processes : chemical analyses and characterization services are used to control the lifecycle of a product and to reduce the risk of defects appearing.

Elastomer characterization and chemical analyses can have multiple goals :

– To identify the composition of an elastomer or a product containing an elastomer

– To verify that a product complies with relevant standards

– To characterize a defect

– To improve a curing procedure

 The support and the expertise of an analytical laboratory ensures the reliability of results and assistance in the choice of elastomer materials.

Our solution : to analyze and characterize the chemical makeup of elastomer-based products

Our services

By combining analytical tools and techniques adapted for elastomer analysis and characterization, FILAB laboratory assists industrialists in optimizing their manufacturing processes, in finding substitutions for different materials and in resolving various problems caused by defects or pollutants.

To overcome these challenges tied to elastomers, FILAB laboratory has a wide variety of analytical techniques :

o   FTIR to determine the elastomer’s composition

o   DSC  to measure melting and degradation temperatures and to measure crystallinity

o   GC-MS and Py-GCMS to quantify additives, residual monomers, bisphenol A, phthalates…

o   ICP to identify mineral fillers (Talc, silica…)

o   SEM-EDX to characterize particulates or deposits

The positive aspects of FILAB

  • A highly qualified team

  • Responsiveness in responding to and processing requests

  • A complete analytical park of 2100m²

  • Tailor-made support

Caroline KURZAWA R&D Project Engineer
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