Materials Characterization

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, polymer characterization (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.   

Failure Analysis Testing

Aspen conducts failure analysis investigations for a wide spectrum of industries, products and manufacturing processes. We work to identify the failure mode and primary causes for the failure. Root cause investigations are also conducted as needed. 

Polymer Testing

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.  

Foreign Materials Testing

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. 

Metallurgical Testing

In addition to the procedures and techniques employed for all materials, Aspen employs the following in regard to metallurgy:

  • Disassembly of products for direct examinations
  • Visual examinations and photographic records
  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and X-ray Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS)
  • Metallographic cross-sections
  • Image Analysis
  • Mechanical Testing
  • Bulk Chemical Analysis
  • Physical Testing

Mechanical & Physical Testing

Aspen has a laboratory that can be climate controlled in order to properly condition materials that require such an environment. 

Mechanical Testing

  • Instron Load Testing
  • Impact Testing
  • Puncture Testing
  • Hardness Testing

Physical Testing

  • Density
  • Viscosity
  • Rheology
  • Moisture content
  • Vapor transmission
  • Color
  • Thermal Cycling
  • Coating deposit integrity

Areas of Expertise

  • Medical device
  • Metals
  • Ceramics
  • Polymers (resin and molded parts)
  • Composites (metal and polymer matrix)
  • Rubber
  • Liquids - Organic-polar and non-polar
  • Liquids - Aqueous-ionic, acidic, basic, neutral
  • Gases
  • Paper
  • Food Contact
  • Film Sheets
  • Electronics
  • Chemical Reagents
  • Wood (engineered)
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Food (flavoring, foreign material tramp chemistries)
  • Water (treatment and waste)
  • Petroleum based products
  • Filters

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Aspen Research Corporation

8401 Jefferson Hwy, Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369, United States

Phone: (651) 842-6100 ∙ Fax: (651) 842-6199

Front Desk Hours (After hours bell available)

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.