Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
DSC is used for thermal analysis of polymers, elastomers, polymer based composites and liquids to support a variety of industrial market sectors and functions.
DSC can be used to determine the effect of thermal aging, chemical aging and medical sterilization. It is also a valuable compositional analysis tool, making it useful for reverse engineering. Material samples can be as small as 0.5 mg.
Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
TGA is used for thermal analysis of polymers, polymer based composites and elastomers. TGA can be used to determine the kinetics of decomposition of a material, the distillation temperature of a liquid, the effect of aging and medical sterilization, and the effect of prolonged exposure at static temperatures.
It is a valuable technique when used to analyze the organic/inorganic composition of a material. Samples can be as little as 1 mg. TGA testing can occur in various gaseous environments (Nitrogen, Oxygen, Air, etc.)
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
FTIR is used to identify organic compounds, polymeric materials and additives. FTIR testing is a common technique used to identify unknown polymers and organic compounds. FTIR is generally a surface technique (i.e. infrared penetration of 2-5 μm). However, it is capable of determining whether a material has been contaminated and in some cases, degraded. The fingerprint for each material is unique and distinct.