Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) is a technique used to study mechanical properties of objects, typically viscoelastic properties of polymer materials. Traditionally, this involves understanding the viscous and elastic mechanical properties of a polymeric material under a constant deflection. In this case, DMA is a powerful tool for monitoring the strain of a material when a sinusoidal stress is applied and allows the understanding of complex time dependent moduli.
Many time-, frequency- and temperature-dependent properties of polymers can be elucidated from DMA experimentation. The storage modulus (E’ or G’) of a material can be measured, along with the Young’s modulus. Shear, bulk and compressive moduli can be determined through different stressing modes. By modulating the temperature with respect to a constant stress, the glass transition temperature can be also elucidated. Crack propagation experimentation can be used to follow defect formation within a polymer material and may shed insight into how tough a material behaves.
There is a wide range of applications which DMA measurements may be applicable for, including:
|Excitation Frequencies||1 – 200 Hz|
|Maximum Dynamic Force150||N peak to peak|
|Maximum Dynamic displacement||12 mm peak to peak|
|Temperature Range||Ambient – 450 °C|
|Modulus Range||250 – 3.1×1012 Pa|
|Measurement Range||> 7 decades|
DMA sample holders unlock additional test methods. The following test configurations are available:
Our DMA unit is compliant with many international standard test methods. For a list of our standard test method offerings, check out our ASTM, ISO, and EN Standard Test Services page.
Other methods may be available. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (506) 457-0498 to discuss.
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