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At ACE Products and Consulting, we work with you to confront challenges, determine innovative new solutions, and make your rubber and polymer products the best they can be. Physical testing is an essential component of that process.
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Physical Testing of Rubber

Want to find out how the rubber you produce for tires will hold up against road wear? Want to make sure your polymer tubing holds up to industry standards and requirements? Need to be certain your elastomer is flexible enough to satisfy its end use?

Any of these questions and more can be answered by a physical property test of elastomers and rubber. ACE’s expansive lineup of rubber testing instruments allow our expert laboratory technicians to deliver the results you need to move your rubber products forward with confidence.

Physical Testing of Elastomers

Physical testing of materials is not just useful (or possible) for rubber alone. Any elastomer or polymer material can be physically tested, including cellular elastomers. ACE performs elastomer testing, including tear testing and flex fatigue, according to a wide array of ASTM test methods.

Depending on the product, industry, and your goals, elastomer testing can be used to evaluate material properties, support quality control and research development, and to test product performance.

Basic Rubber Testing

Rubber testing is critical to any industry that uses rubber. Due to this broad use, appropriate choice of standard test methods will likely vary from industry to industry, and even from manufacturer to manufacturer.

The best way to create a plan of action is to contact ACE and consult with one of our rubber testing experts. Standard tests are always tailored to your goals, so you get exactly what you need, when you need it.

Abrasion

Abrasion

Abrasion testing is a great predictive tool that can be utilized to determine the wear characteristics of materials and potential impacts to overall performance in end application.

Adhesion Testing

Adhesion Testing

Adhesion testing can be utilized to characterize the strength of bonds between materials, coatings, and adhesives.

Cold Testing

Cold Testing

Whether it be for specification compliance or finished material application, both temperature retraction and brittleness point can help characterize a material’s low temperature properties.

Compression

Compression

The ability to compress elastomeric materials is often vital to application, with it being important to understand both static and dynamic compressive behavior.

Durometer Hardness

Durometer Hardness

Hardness is measured when a force is applied to the sample using an indentor and under specific conditions.

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)

This test is used to analyze rubber and polymeric systems using time, temperature, frequency and stress in a variety of combinations to obtain viscous and elastic properties of test specimens. 

Electrical Testing

Electrical Testing

It is important to both understand the way electrical charge moves through a material as well as across the material surfaces to ensure a safe and effective end application.

Flammability

Flammability

This test method is designed to differentiate the flame propagation characteristics of dense or cellular elastomeric compounds used in gaskets, setting blocks, shims, or spacers.

Flex Fatigue

Flex Fatigue

Flex fatigue helps characterize a material’s ability to withstand cyclical stresses and strains.

Flexible Cellular Materials (Sponge)

Flexible Cellular Materials (Sponge)

This specification covers flexible cellular rubber products known as sponge rubber and expanded rubber.

Fluid Aging

Fluid Aging

This standard is used to evaluate how vulcanized rubber products, or other products coated with vulcanized rubber, respond to the exposure of liquids (i.e. oils, greases, fuels, etc.) for a continuous or intermittent period of time during use.

Heat Aging

Heat Aging

The accelerated aging test method evaluates the changes in physical properties of vulcanized rubber when exposed to elevated temperatures.

MDR

MDR

This test method is used to determine the vulcanization characteristics of (vulcanizable) rubber compounds.

Mooney Viscometer

Mooney Viscometer

The test methods in this standard measures Mooney Viscosity, the shearing torque resisting rotation of a cylindrical metal disk (or rotor) embedded in rubber within a cylindrical cavity.

O-Ring

O-Ring

These test methods describe the procedures for determining the physical properties of O-rings and changes in these properties due to aging.

ODR

ODR

This test method determines the vulcanization characteristics of rubber compounds, using an oscillating disk cure meter.

Ozone Exposure

Ozone Exposure

Accelerated ozone aging helps characterize a material’s vulnerability to cracking in applications where exposure to ozone gas is likely.

Rebound Resilience

Rebound Resilience

This test method measures the percentage resilience of a rubber compound.

Rubber Process Analyzer (RPA)

Rubber Process Analyzer (RPA)

This test method is used to measure viscoelastic properties of raw rubber as well as un-vulcanized rubber compounds.

Sample Preparation and Conditioning

Sample Preparation and Conditioning

This practice covers a list of standard temperatures from which selection may be made for any specific test or test method.

Specific Gravity

Specific Gravity

Used to identify specific rubber polymers that are present in a rubber product.

Tear Resistance

Tear Resistance

This test method is used to evaluate the tear strength of common vulcanized rubbers and thermoplastic elastomers.

Tension

Tension

The test method detailed in this standard evaluates the tensile properties of thermoplastic elastomers and vulcanized thermoset rubbers.

Physical Testing Services

Learn more about the specific types of physical testing ACE provides.

ACE physical testing services provide:
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Guaranteed Order Traceability

Our cutting-edge LIMS system provides accurate and complete order traceability.

Repeatability

Our experienced staff performs tests using industry standard processes to guarantee consistent test results.

ANAB Accredited

As an ISO/IEC 17025 Accredited Laboratory, ACE has been audited to the highest technical competence, traceability, and customer confidentiality standards.

ACE provides comprehensive physical testing options that are both repeatable and reliable.

As an ANAB ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory, ACE performs regular equipment calibrations and procedure validations to produce reliable results.

ACE is committed to growing with customers as a way to continue adding value to their organizations. This commitment includes consistent expansion of physical test capabilities and a continued focus on providing industry-leading turnaround times.

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With our ISO/IEC 17025 Accredited Laboratory, state-of-the-art test equipment, and decades of experience in the rubber and silicone industries, ACE will work with your needs to test the physical properties of your polymer product. Our physical testing services range from rheometry to environmental simulation, and are always repeatable and precise.

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