About Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis is a thermal method used to provide plastic analysis or rubber analysis of virtually any sample.  It can even be used to evaluate coatings on thin metal samples.

  • Approaches

    Our DMA instrument operates over a wide temperature range (-150 to 600°C) and provides multiple modes of deformation including:

    • Dual Cantilever
    • Single Cantilever
    • Tension
    • Torsion

    Other fixtures and deformation modes of DMA Analysis may be available on request.

    It is best for the sample to maintain structural integrity during the entire DMA analysis.  Knowing the melting temperature of the sample, in the case of thermoplastic materials, allows the upper temperature limit to be properly set.

  • Sample Considerations

    Only solid samples can be evaluated using DMA Analysis.  The sample has to have a stiffness value within a particular range to be suitable for testing. 

    DMA can be used to provide plastic analysis or rubber analysis of virtually any sample.  Rubber or plastic samples can be prepared to have length, width, and thickness dimensions to accommodate the operating range of the instrument.

    Contact us with your specific DMA Analysis needs and associated sample considerations.

     

     

  • Experience

    Work We’ve Done

    • Predicting acoustic absorption of cable insulation materials
    • Comparative analysis of competing products
    • Determination of curing behavior

    Products We’ve Tested

    • Vinyl fabrics
    • Fiberglass products
    • Reactive thermoset systems
    • Silicone Rubber
    • Vinyl Fabrics
    • Polypropylene Films