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Materials Testing Laboratory

Materials Testing, Characterization and Forensic Laboratory Services

The characterization of materials is the single most important step in understanding the processing-structure-property relationship, which often holds the key to successful problem-solving or product development. The Materials Science DivisionSM of EMSL Analytical, Inc. was established to help clients develop solutions to challenges in manufacturing, quality assurance and research and development.
Today, we provide materials testing, characterization, and forensic laboratory services for a wide range of commercial, industrial, regulatory, and law enforcement clients.
  • Our dedicated staff includes PhD scientists with substantial industry and academic credentials, and professionals with many years of experience in materials-related testing services. Our areas of expertise includes petrography, steels and high-temperature refractory alloys, metals and ceramics processing, mechanical behavior of materials, materials selection and evaluation, single crystals, nano-structures, microelectronic materials, and processing and characterization of coatings and thin films, to name a few.
  • Our company-wide focus on customer service makes no project too large or too small. Our corporate research and development capabilities allow us to bring new methodologies on line quickly to meet new industry challenges and client needs. We are committed to providing reliable, defensible data in a standardized and user-friendly format. Rapid turnaround and competitive prices make the dependable results you get that much more valuable.
  • Supported by a broad array of instrumentation, we apply a full spectrum of standard and customized analyses — elemental and chemical, structural, particle, surface, contaminant, mechanical, failure, bio-effectiveness — to your project.
At EMSL, we’re much more than another testing laboratory. We are your project partner. Give us a call today to find out how we can help to make your next project a success.

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Materials Testing Lab - Fire Investigation Testing   Accelerants
   Carbon Black
   Cigarette Smoke
   Combustible Dust (Core Module) - (OSHA ID 201SG)
   Combustible Dust (Core Module) - (OSHA ID 201SG)
   Combustion By-Products
   Full Analysis with All Tests (Class II) - Core Analysis with MEC, MIE, MIT & MPR
   IESO / RIA Standard 6001
   Maximum Rate of Pressure Rise (MPR) - ASTM E1226
   Minimum Explosive Concentration (MEC) - ASTM E1515
   Minimum Ignition Energy (MIE) - ASTM E2019
   Minimum Ignition Temperature (MIT) - ASTM E1491
   NIOSH 5000 (Gravimetric analysis only for Carbon Black)
   NIOSH 5000 (Includes TEM Confirmation)
   Resistivity for Metal Dust
   Source Confirmation
   Wild Fires
   Wood Smoke
Materials Testing Lab - Mechanical and Physical Testing   Abrasion (Taber Rotary or Linear Method)
   Abrasion by Taber Abraser
   B-H in Epstein frame, AC, one frequency
   B-H in Epstein frame, DC
   B-H on soft magnets, AC, one frequency
   Carbon and Sulfur Content
   Compressive Strength
   Cross-sectioning and Polishing
   Demagnetization curves (Br, Hci, Hc, Hk, BHmax)
   Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
   Effects of Heat, Humidity, and Solvents on products
   Energy Dispersive X-rays (EDX)
   Environmental Studies
   Fatigue Testing
   Flash Point
   Flexural Strength Testing
   Flexure (3 or 4 Point)
   Fracture Analysis
   Grain Boundaries and Structure
   Hardness (Knoop, Vickers, Brinell, Rockwell)
   Impact Fracture
   Impact Resistance
   Load Testing
   Magnetic Testing
   Magnetization curve, B-H on soft magnets, DC
   Melting Point
   Metals / Alloy Identification
   Modulus Testing
   Parts Failure Testing and Analysis
   Polymer and Ceramic Analysis
   Processing (heat treatment)
   Sample preparation charge/cutting
   Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
   Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-rays (SEM/EDX)
   Spring Testing
   Structure Testing
   Tensile Strength Testing
   Testing of Magnetic Materials
   Thermo-gravimetric Analysis (TGA)
   Torsion Testing
   X-Ray Diffraction Spectrometry (XRD)
   X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (XRF)
Materials Testing Lab - Polymers, Plastics, Paints and Coatings Testing   Abrasion by Taber Abraser
   Advanced polymer ID (bulk, filler, plasticizer ID)
   Apparent Bending Modulus of Plastics by Means of a Cantilever Beam
   ASTM D1210 Fineness of Dispersion of Pigment-Vehicle Systems by Hegman-Type Scale
   ASTM D1308 Effect of Household Chemicals on Clear and Pigmented Organic Finishes
   ASTM D1475 Density of Paint, Varnish, Lacquer, and Related Products
   ASTM D1545 Viscosity of Transparent Liquids by Bubble Time Method
   ASTM D1640 Drying, Curing, or Film Formation of Organic Coatings at Room Temperature
   ASTM D185 Coarse Particles in Pigments in Pastes and Paints
   ASTM D215 Chemical Analysis of White Linseed Oil Paints
   ASTM D2369 Volatile Content of Coatings
   ASTM D2372 Separation of Vehicle from Solvent Reducible Paints
   ASTM D2486 Scrub Resistance of Wall Paints
   ASTM D2621 Infrared Identification of Vehicle Solids from Solvent Reducible Paints
   ASTM D2805 Hiding Power of Paints by Reflectometry
   ASTM D3335 Low Concentrations of Lead, Cadmium, and Cobalt in Paint by AA
   ASTM D3359 Measuring Adhesion by Tape Test
   ASTM D3723 Pigment Content of Water Emulsion Paints by Low Temperature Ashing
   ASTM D374 Thickness of Solid Electrical Insulation
   ASTM D3792 Water in Paints and Paint Materials by Karl Fischer Method
   ASTM D3960/EPA Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Content of Paints and Related Coatings
   ASTM D4062 Leveling of Paints by Draw-Down Method
   ASTM D412 Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elasomers - Tension
   ASTM D413 Rubber property-Adhesion to Flexible Substrate
   ASTM D429 Rubber Property-Adhesion to Rigid Substrates
   ASTM D430 Rubber Deterioration-Dynamic Fatigue
   ASTM D4400 Sag Resistance of Paints Using a Multi Notch Applicator
   ASTM D494 Acetone Extraction of Phenolic Molded or Laminated Products
   ASTM D4958 Comparison of Brush Drag of Latex Paints
   ASTM D522 Mandrel Bend Test of Attached Organic Coatings
   ASTM D523 Specular Gloss
   ASTM D542 Index of Refraction of Transparent Organic Plastics
   ASTM D543 Practice for Evaluating the Resistance of Plastics to Chemical Reagents
   ASTM D562 Consistency of Paints using the Stormer Viscometer
   ASTM D570 Water Absorption of Plastics
   ASTM D572 Rubber - Deterioration by Head and Oxygen
   ASTM D573 Rubber - Deterioration in an Air Oven
   ASTM D575 Rubber Properties in Compression
   ASTM D608 Speciation for Dibutyl Phthalate
   ASTM D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing
   ASTM D622 Rubber Hose for Automotive Air and Vacuum Brake System
   ASTM D623 Rubber Property - Heat Generation and Flexing Fatigue in Compression
   ASTM D624 Tear Strength of Conventional Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers
   ASTM D635 Rate of Burning and/or Extent and Time of burning of Plastics in a Horizontal Position
   ASTM D638 Tensile Properties of Plastics
   ASTM D648 Deflection Temperature of Plastics Under Flexural Load in the Edgewise Position
   ASTM D6763 Application of Brushed Film
   ASTM D695 Compressive Properties of Rigid Plastics
   ASTM D696 Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion of Plastics Between -30C and 30C
   ASTM D704 Specification for Melamine-Formaldehyde Molding Compounds
   ASTM D706 Specification for Cellulose Acetate Molding and extrusion Compounds
   ASTM D707 Specification for Cellulose Acetate Butyrate Molding and Extrusion Compounds
   ASTM D731 Molding Index of Thermosetting Molding Powder
   ASTM D732 Shear Strength of Plastics by Punch Tool
   ASTM D746 Brittleness Temperature of Plastics and Elastomers by Impact
   ASTM D785 Rockwell Hardness of Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials
   ASTM D787 Specification for Ethyl Cellulose Molding and Extrusion Compounds
   ASTM D788 Classification System for Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) (PMMA) Molding and Extrusion Compounds
   ASTM D789 Determination of Relative Viscosity and Moisture Content of Polyamide (PA)
   ASTM D790 Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Mat.
   ASTM D792 Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement
   ASTM D813 Rubber Deterioration - Crack Growth
   ASTM D93 Flash-Point by Pensky Martin Closed Cup
   ASTM D968 Resistance of Organic Coatings by Falling Abrasive
   Basic polymer ID (bulk ID)
   Batch to batch comparison
   Coefficient of Friction (Films) - D1894
   Compressive properties of Rigid Plastics - D695
   Condition in Container
   Contaminate ID
   Deformulation/reverse engineering
   Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) for % Crystallinity - D3418
   Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) of Fluoropolymers - D4591
   Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) of Polymers - D3418
   Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) Sintering of Fluoropolymers - D4591
   Drop impact resistance
   DSC - Differential Scannin Calorimetry for transition temperatures & crystalinity
   Durometer Hardness - D2240
   E1347 Color and Color-Difference Measurement by Tristimulus (filter) Colorimetry
   E313 Calculating Yellowness and Whiteness Indices from Instrumentally Measured Color Coordinates
   Failure analysis
   Filler Content by TGA - D5630
   Flexural Properties of Plastics - D790
   FT-IR Analysis - E1252
   FTMS 141-2131 Application of Sprayed Film
   GC (FID, MS, Pyrolysis)
   Gel Permeation Chromatography - D5296
   Hardness (Rockwell, Knoop, Vickers, etc.)
   Help finding polymer vendors
   Impact resistance (Izod/Charpy)
   Melt Flow Rate by extrusion Plastometer
   Melting point
   Moisture in Plastics by Karl Fischer - D6869
   Package 1
   Package 2
   Package 3
   Package 4
   Package 5
   Package 6
   Package 7
   Sofenting point
   Specific Gravity - D792
   Specific Heat Capacity by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) - D3418
   Std Industry Method Fume Resistance
   Tensile Properties - D638
   Tensile Properties (Yarns) - D2256
   Tensile Properties of Thin Sheeting - D882
   TGA - Thermal Gravimetric Analylsis (multiple applications)
   Thermal Stability by TGA - E1131
   Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) - E1131
   Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) w/ SDTA Curves - E1131
   TT-E-487 Sec 4.4.11 Water Resistance Floor and Deck
   TT-E-487E Federal Specification Enamel: Floor and Deck (Water Resistance)
   TT-P-19D Sec. 4.3.3 Alkali Resistance, Exterior masonry Latex Paints
   TT-P-29K Sec. 4.3.10 Alkali Resistance, Interior latex Paints
   TT-P-29K Sec. 4.3.9 Water Resistance, Exterior Latex Paints
   TT-P-95C Sec. 4.4.5 Brushing Properties
   TT-P-95C Sec. 4.4.6 Flexibility
   TT-P-95C Sec. 4.4.7 Self-Lifting
   TT-P-95C Sec. 4.4.9 Water Immersion
   Unknown ID
   UV/Vis Light Permeability
   Vicat Softening Temperature
   X-Ray Dispersive Analysis
Other   Airborne Contaminants
  Aspirin Contamination
  Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES)
  BET (Brunauer–Emmett–Teller)/Surface Area
  Bomb Calorimetry (calories)
  Bone in soup
  Building Debris Identifiation
  Carbon Black and Combustion Byproducts
  Carbon Black confirmation and source (if possible)
  Child Illness
  Chocolate properties (by DSC)
  Coatings Analysis
  Combustible Dust
  Contamination & Quality Control
  Corrosion Testing
  Degradation of Al Coating on an Optical Component
  Determination of the degree of oxidation in fine Mg powders
  Differential Scanning Calorimetry(DSC)/Thermo-gravimetric Analysis(TGA)
  Dust Characterization and Analysis
  Electron Microscopy Analysis
  Electronics Packaging Failure Analysis
  Elemental Impurities Testing According to USP <232>/<233> & USP <2232>
  Failure Analysis
  Failure Analysis
  FCA 21 CFR, foos contact items
  Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
  Full Particle IdentificationSM (FPID)
  Hunter Color
  HVAC / Filtration Investigation Testing
  Industrial Dust & Hygiene Analysis
  Litigation Support
  Materials Characterization
  Materials Identification (MID)
  Mechanical Testing
  Metal and Stain
  Metallurgical Testing
  Moisture (Karl Fisher)
  Motorcycle Accident
  Noodles too soft
  Outdoor Irritants & Infiltration
  Paint Identification
  Particle Analysis
  Particle Identification (CPID):SM (Common)
  Particle Sizing and Distribution
  Particle Sourcing
  Patent Infringement Testing
  Permeation Testing / Films and Packages
  Personal Lubricants and Condoms Testing
  Petrographic and Soil Examinations
  Physical Testing Services
  Polymer Testing
  Quantitative Dust Phase Analysis
  RoHS Compliance Testing
  Soot, Char & Ash
  Special Projects
  Sunken Treasures circa 1820
  Surface Analysis
  Surface Oxidation of Silicon Nitride
  Three Corpses and a Road Crew
  Vascosity (Rhealogy)
  Water Treatment Plant
  Welding Composition
  XRD Analysis
  XRF Analysis

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