Our testing capabilities enable us to characterize most materials used in the fabrication of products available to industry and the general public. Mechanical and physical properties, polymers (plastic and elastomeric), product design construction, metallurgical properties, failure analysis, foreign material analysis, trace analysis and compound analysis are some of the many tests that we are able to perform.
Aspen has a laboratory that can be climate controlled in order to properly condition materials that require such an environment. In regard to mechanical testing, Aspen has the capability to measure the following:
Physical testing that Aspen can conduct:
Aspen conducts failure analysis investigations for a wide spectrum of industries, products and manufacturing processes. They work to identify the failure mode and primary causes for the failure. Root cause investigations are also conducted as needed.
Aspen starts with visual examinations of the foreign material and acquires photographic records to document its location and appearance. It then applies two analytical tools to the project: SEM-EDS and FTIR.
Aspen characterizes basic properties of plastic and elastomeric materials relative to their physical, thermal, mechanical, chemical and melt attributes. Our testing provides clients with the information that they need to address material usage pertaining to quality control, alternative supplier selection, failure analysis or reverse engineer a competitor’s material.
In addition to the procedures and techniques employed for all materials, Aspen employs the following in regard to metallurgy: