Laboratory analysis of polymer rupture / cracking

You want to perform fracture and/or crack analysis on your polymer materials?

A rupture of a polymer is its separation into two or more parts under the action of a stress.

These ruptures occur when the solicitations that the polymers support exceed the resistance to rupture of the materials of which it is made. It is therefore important to know as much as possible about this last property which depends on various factors such as temperature, deformation speed, environment of use, etc…

Each fracture (or crack) also has a specific surface that allows us to identify the cause and origin of the fracture: this is fractography, which is the art of analyzing the fracture surface of broken parts.

Its purpose is to know the mechanism of rupture of the material (ductile, fragile, intergranular, fatigue, …) and to understand how and why the polymer broke. For this, a macroscopic observation (morphological analysis) and a microscopic observation (microfractographic analysis) of the fracture surface are carried out.

SEM brittle fracture

Ductile fracture by SEM

FILAB supports you in the analysis of fractures and cracks on your polymer materials

For more than 30 years, FILAB laboratory has had the experience and specific analytical equipment to assist companies in the analysis and study of polymer fractures and cracks through tailor-made support.

FILAB can assist you in your needs for fracture resistance evaluation, fracture expertise, technical recommendations or material selection to enable you to better understand the resistance of your products and the fracture of your polymers.

For this type of service, the FILAB laboratory uses state-of-the-art analysis techniques, in particular Scanning Electron Microscopy coupled to a microprobe (SEM-EDX) or Optical Microscopy.

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

Thomas GAUTIER Head of Materials Department
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