MECHANICAL TESTING FOR NONMETALLIC MATERIALS

IMR has multiple accreditations for mechanical testing of your polymers, polymer composites, or elastomeric materials.DSC_0151

  • Obtain material properties and characterizations for Finite Element Analysis
  • Check the quality of your cure cycle with simple tests such as short beam shear
  • Test different material lots or batches for comparison
  • IMR offers special conditioning testing to ASTM D 5229 or custom conditioning.
    • Conduct conditioning submerged in different fluids from oils to fuels to DI water and characterize before and after results for better understanding of material behavior
  • Test materials at any temperature between -320°F and 500°F

IMR has a full machine shop to excise specimens manually, or even better, IMR can utilize an OMAX waterjet table to extract specimens with little KERF and higher precision to take specimens from EXACTLY where you need them extracted from.

TENSILE TESTING

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IMR has load frame capabilities from 1lb up to 27,000lbs for mechanical testing, using a wide variety of grips and extensometry. If needed, IMR also has the capabilities to use strain gages to determine Poisson’s ratio.

COMPRESSION TESTING

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IMR can conduct a variety of compression tests using ASTM approved fixtures and strain gaging for the most accurate information possible, from modulus to Poisson’s and even percent bending of a specimen.

FLEXURAL TESTING

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IMR has a variety of 3 point and 4 point bend fixtures, allowing for specimens of all sizes. Utilizing a deflectometer, we can provide flexural modulus values and strain at yield (among other material characteristics).

LAP SHEAR TESTING

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The purpose of the test is to assess adhesive properties or bond quality when it is undesirable to exceed the yield point of the adherend in tension. Hence the overlap length should be chosen to ensure adhesive failure occurs before the adherend yields.

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CUSTOM WATERJET CUTTING

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The waterjet cutting process is an effective form of precision cold-cutting for preparing materials testing samples.  This process prevents heat-affected flaws on the material that traditional blades, lasers and saw cutting has the potential to create.