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Polymer Testing

Polymeric materials have emerged as cost-effective alternative and offer myriad solutions for numerous applications in many industries in achieving excellent product performance and desirable production efficiency. Setsco, with our wide range of testing facilities, aims to support the industry in ensuring reliable quality of polymer products. Our services include extensive analytical testing and characterization of polymer materials, mechanical, physical & thermal properties, and non-destructive testing. Setsco has the competency to determine suitable test methods, latest techniques and sophisticated equipment to perform tests, and the expertise in interpretation of results for cause and failure analyses.

Materials Tested

Plastics, paints & coatings, sealants, rubbers, ceramics, composites, geo-textiles, timber-based products.

Characterization of polymer

  • •Various analytical tests using Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometry, etc
  • •Determination of metallic zinc content in both zinc dust pigment and in cured films of zinc-rich coatings
  • •Toxicity test on polymer product that come into contact with potable water

Materials Testing

  • • Mechanical Properties Testing
  • -Dimensions, density measurements
  • -Compressive, tensile, bending, shear strength
  • -Tear strength
  • -Impact
  • -Hardness
  • -Static load
  • -Friction coefficient
  • -Chemical resistance
  • -Thickness, tensile strength, CBR puncture for geotextile
  • -Properties of paints and coatings
  • -Properties of sealants
  • Accelerating ageing/weathering
  • -QUV ageing
  • -Q-sun xenon arc ageing
  • -Salt spray corrosion chamber
  • -Hot ageing
  • Thermal analysis
  • -Ash content
  • -Glass transition temperature
  • -Melting point
  • -Heat of crystallization
  • -Thermal conductivity
  • -Melt mass – flow rate
  • -Heat deflection temperature
  • -Vicat softening temperature
  • Electrical properties testing
  • -Volume resistivity test
  • -Resistance to voltage test
  • -Dielectric strength
  • -Dielectric breakdown voltage
  • -Voltage resistance
  • -Static decay time
  • -Touch membrane dielectric test
  • Non-destructive testing
  • -Digital radiography testing of plastic product
  • -Ultrasonic testing of aircraft/storage tank skin coating

There has been rapid development in composite timbers today where both fresh and recycled timber can be used as raw materials to produce composites which are lighter but stronger than timber. Setsco provides comprehensive and reliable testing for these timber-based products to ascertain the performance properties of the products as well as to ensure that they are safe for the environment due to its use of epoxy and formaldehyde glue, among others.

Timber-based products testing

  • -Tensile strength and elongation
  • -Flexural strength and flexural modulus
  • -Water absorption
  • -Heavy metal
  • -Chemical resistance
  • -Resistance to stain
  • -Resistance to burning cigarettes
  • -Effect of castor chair
  • -Effect of furniture leg
  • -Slip resistance – ramp test, walking method
  • -Thermal resistance
  • -Residual indentation after static load
  • -Accelerated weathering
  • -Resistance to fungi
  • -Standard testing as specified in BS EN 13329 for laminate floor covering
  • -Testing for Singapore Green Label certification