Analytical testing is often targeted at determining a polymer material’s composition. Examples include polymer and cure system identification, presence and identification of anti-degradants, absorbed gas analysis, polymer blend analysis etc. Failure analysis and quality control are two common areas for application of these techniques. We apply tools such as Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Thermal Desorption GC-MS, Pyrolysis GC/MS, UV-vis Spectroscopy, viscosity, and various wet chemistry and titration techniques.
These tools are employed to answer questions such as:
- What is this unknown or foreign material?
- What is being extracted or leached out from my compound?
- What is being outgassed?
- Is this elastomer what my supplier says it is?
- What has been absorbed into this seal?
- What cure system is used in this compound?
Insight into a composition
Thermal Desoprtion or Pyrolysis, when coupled with the exquisite capabilities of GC/MS, can give detailed insight into a composition, including for a fully compounded and cured elastomer. Details such as cure system, accelerators, anti-degradant ingredients, processing aids, and more can be elucidated by Argen experts using our customized database and peak deconvolution software.