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Mechanical Testing

Products and structures utilising plastics, rubbers and other kinds of polymers are commonplace and invariably exposed to a wide range of environmental conditions. Any, or all, can contribute to compromising structural integrity and performance. The importance of routine sampling and mechanical testing throughout the lifetime of critical components is vital to ensure safety. During the design and manufacturing stages, mechanical testing validates computer modelling techniques such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to increase confidence and minimise risk of failures. It can save you time and money during R&D by helping optimise production methods and defining safe ‘in-use’ operational limits.

Mechanical testing uses a variety of techniques to subject materials up to and beyond their limits. The data generated is used to ensure that the material is fit for purpose.

How? You may ask. By measuring the strength, hardness, ductility, impact resistance and fracture toughness of different materials under various temperature, tension and compression conditions.

RAPRA can help companies with all their mechanical testing requirements. Making sure that their products are in prime condition and providing evidence that the mechanical properties of their constituent materials remain within design specifications, to maintain customer confidence and satisfaction.

Special instrumentation and considerable expertise are necessary to perform effective, reliable mechanical testing. To determine the characteristics of your polymers, plastics, rubber and composites, the Rubber And Plastics Research Association recommends you to use our Polymer Helpdesk to address your mechanical testing needs, whatever the application.

RAPRA will provide you with access to a wide range of rubber, plastics and polymer mechanical testing services via our extensive Network of Technical Support including:

  • Abrasion Testing
  • Wear Testing
  • Fatigue Testing
  • Fracture Toughness Testing
  • Hardness Testing
  • Impact Testing
  • Stress Rupture
  • Creep Testing
  • Tensile Testing
  • Flexural, Shear, Compressive Testing

RAPRA, the Rubber And Plastics Research Association, provides independent and impartial support for Mechanical Testing services to the widest range of industries, including: Aerospace & Defence, Automotive, Construction, Consumer Goods & Retail, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing and Medical & Pharma.