Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) Testing and Measurement Services

What is Dynamic Mechanical Analysis?

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 dynamic sinusoidal stress is applied and allows the understanding of complex time dependent moduli.

What Properties can you Measure with DMA?

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 loss factor and angle. By modulating the temperature with respect to a constant stress, the glass transition temperature can also be measured. Fatigue experimentation can be used to track the changes within a polymer material as it is cyclically loaded and may shed insight into its long-term behaviour.

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis Testing Services

  • Viscoelastic materials
  • Rubber materials
  • Polymer composition
  • Glass transition temperature determination
  • Fatigue testing

Recommended Methods

Dynamic Mechanical Analysis Testing Services

Excitation Frequencies 1 1000 Hz
Maximum Dynamic Force  150N 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

Sample Holders:

DMA sample holders unlock additional test methods. The following test configurations are available:

  • Bending (3-point and cantilevered)
  • Compression
  • Universal Tension Jaw
  • Shear (pastes and liquids)

Test Methods

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.

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    Other methods may be available. Contact us at info@thermalanalysislabs.com or call (506) 457-0498 to discuss.

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