Laboratory deformation of elastomers

Laboratory analysis of elastomer deformation

What is an elastomer?

An elastomer, more commonly known as rubber, is a polymer with elastic properties that allow it to withstand several deformation actions before breaking.  An elastomer can be of natural, synthetic or petrochemical origin.

Commonly used in the manufacture of tires, elastomers are also used in other industrial fields in the form of joints, elastic connections or hoses, and are often associated with other materials such as textiles, metals or plastics.

Why deform an elastomer?

The deformation of an elastomer is a method allowing, with the help of various chemical analysis, to determine the nature and the quantity of raw material of the material.

Moreover, it allows to better know the studied elastomer, to better apprehend the structural problems of this one but also to characterize its defective quality.

Thus, the deformation of an elastomer makes it possible to improve the performance of a material, to better target your suppliers or to understand the origin of a degradation. 

FILAB supports you in the deformation analysis of your elastomers.

This deformation analysis approach allows to answer different needs such as

our services

  • Analyze and determine the chemical composition of an elastomer

  • Compare the composition of several elastomers (double-sourcing or multi-sourcing)

  • Check the conformity to a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) or a technical data sheet of an elastomer

  • Understand a non-conformity or a degradation: pollution, ch

our resources

  • FTIR to determine the composition of the elastomer

  • GCMS and Py-GCMS to quantify additives, residual monomers, Bisphenol A, phthalates...

  • SEM/EDX to characterize a particle or a deposit

  • DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry) to measure melting and degradation temperatures, crystallinity rate...

  •  ICP to identify mineral fillers (Talc, silica fiber,...)

  • TGA and TGA/FTIR

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

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