DYNAMIC MECHANICAL ANALYSIS (DMA)IMR Test Labs has some of the most experienced advanced composite materials (ACM) testing technicians and scientists in the industry.  Their extensive knowledge of Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) can help you make data-driven decisions on the production and utilization of your advanced composite materials, especially in aerospace applications. Our lab features a state-of-the-art TA Instruments Q800 Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer. The non-contact linear drive technology of the DMA provides precise control of stress, as well as air bearings for low friction support.  IMR has become a leader in testing, measuring and analyses of the mechanical properties of non-metallic materials as a function of time, temperature, and frequency.  Our customers appreciate our thorough, concise reporting, as well as having the ability to talk directly with our technicians to discuss your product's testing protocols and results.

IMR's extensive menu of Dynamic Mechanical Analysis testing includes glass transition (Tg) temperature and secondary transition measurements, orientation determinations caused by processing, cold crystallization testing, properties of filler effects in composites, creep testing, stress relaxation, transient, dynamic oscillatory, stress/strain, phase difference and material stiffness testing. 

If your materials have to perform under extreme temperature conditions, the IMR DMA team is adept at determininig the viscoelastic properties of your samples as they are deformed under a controlled stress or strain. Our lab technicians can utilize the Q800 Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer to test samples between a temperature range of -150 to 600 ⁰C, a force range of 0.0001 to 18 N, and a frequency range of 0.01 to 200 Hz. 

To learn more about the DMA services IMR has to offer, please see below or request a quote today!


What materials can the DMA test?

IMR can test the following materials with the DMA:

  • Composites
  • Polymers
  • Rubbers
  • Fibers
  • Films
  • Ceramics

What Clamps or Fixtures does IMR have for the DMA?

IMR can utilize the following clamps or fixtures with the DMA:

  • Dual/Single Cantilever
  • 3-Point Bend
  • Tension (Fiber and Film)

What Modes of Operation does the DMA have?

IMR can use the following Modes of Operation:

  • Multi-Frequency Mode
  • Multi-Stress/Strain Mode
  • Creep Stress/Relaxation Mode
  • Controlled Force/Strain Rate Mode
  • Isostrain Mode 

What testing does IMR offer with the DMA?

IMR offers:

  • Glass Transition Temperature (Tg) Measurements
  • Creep Testing
  • Stress Relaxation Testing
  • Transient Testing
  • Dynamic Oscillatory Testing
  • Viscoelastic Properties Testing
  • Stress/Strain Testing
  • Phase Difference Testing
  • Cold Crystallization
  • Filler Effects in Composites
  • Material Stiffness Testing

What types of information does the DMA provide?

The DMA allows IMR to provide you with:

  • Modulus (Storage and Loss)
  • Primary and Secondary Transition Temperatures
  • Impact Resistance
  • Polymer Morphology

What ASTM Methods can IMR perform with the DMA?

IMR is approved for the following methods: 

  • ASTM D 5023: Dynamic Mechanical Properties: In Flexure
  • ASTM D 5026: Dynamic Mechanical Properties: In Tension
  • ASTM D 7028: Glass Transition Measurement of Polymer Matrix Composites
  • ASTM E 1640: Glass Transition Measurement of Polymers