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Laboratory of mechanical properties testing
This group is capable of carrying out extensive testing of mechanical properties of polymers. The specimens can be prepared in this laboratory. The tests comply with ISO standards and/or recognised national standards (DIN, ASTM, etc.) or methods developed in the institute.

Testing methods

Determination of tensile propert​​ies - injection moulded specimens, sheets, films
(ISO 527)
cross-head speed range: 0.5 ÷ 500 mm/min
temperature range: -60 ÷ 200 °C
Determination of flexural properties - injection moulded specimens, sheets
(ISO 178)
temperature range: -60 ÷ 200 °C
Determination of modulus of elasticity
in tension (ISO 527) - temperature range: 23 ÷ 200 °C
in flexure (ISO 178) - temperature range: -60 ÷ 200 °C
Determination of properties derived from the tensile load course
for example:
coefficient of friction (ISO 8295) 
de-blocking force of films (ISO 11502) 
pipe stiffness (ČSN EN ISO 9969)
Determination of tear resistance (film and sheeting)
Trouser tear method (ISO 6383-1)
Elmendorf method (ISO 6383-1)
Determination of hardness
Ball indentation method (ISO 2039-1)
Rockwell hardness (ISO 2039-2)
Determination of indentation hardness by means of a durometer
Shore A, D (ISO 868, DIN 53505)
Determination of Charpy impact properties
Non-instrumented impact test (ISO 179-1)
Instrumented impact test (ISO 179-2)
temperature range: -60 ÷ 23 °C
Determination of Izod impact strength (ISO 180)
temperature range: -60 ÷ 23 °C
Determination of impact resistance by the free falling dart method of plastics film and sheeting
(ISO 7765-1)
Determination of puncture impact behaviour of rigid plastics
Non-instrumented puncture test (ISO 6603-1, ASTM D 3029)
Instrumented puncture test (ISO 6603-2, ASTM D 3029)
temperature range: -40 ÷ 60 °C
Determination of the Vicat softening temperature
(ISO 306)
Determination of temperature of deflection under load
(ISO 75-1, -2)
Determination of coefficient of linear thermal expansion of plastics
stationary test (ČSN 64 0528) - temperature range: 25 °C ÷ 85 °C
non-stationary test (ČSN 64 0528, ISO 11359-2) - temperature range: -60 ÷ 200 °C
Determining the density of non-cellular plastics
(ISO 1183-1, method A)

Special testing methods

Besides the standard evaluation of materials, the research team deals with problems of fracture toughness, fracture mechanics and measurements of lifetime and special creep properties. An understanding of these phenomena is essential for the development of materials for demanding engineering applications.

Determination of crack opening rate​ at long time creep tension (PENT Test)
(ISO 16241) 
temperature range: 40 ÷ 115 °C
Determination of PE pipes resistance to slow crack growth (Cone Test)
(ISO 13480)
Determination of environmental stress cracking of PE - Full-notch creep test (FNCT)
(ISO 16770)
temperature range: 40 ÷ 95 °C
Determination of resistance to rapid crack propagation - Small scale steady state (S4) test
(ISO 13477)
temperature range: -20 ÷ 23 °C
pipe diameters: 32, 63 and 110 mm (max. limit of the apparatus: 250 mm)
Determination of antistatic properties of plastics by attenuation of electric charge
testing procedure according to JIS L1049
Time to failure of plastic pipe under constant internal pressure (hydrostatic rupture data)
(ISO 1167-1, ISO 1167-2)
Time to failure of plastic pipe under constant internal pressure of aggressive flowing media
(ASTM F 2023)
Time to failure of plastic plates under constant surface loading (hydrostatic rupture data)
temperature range: 40 ÷ 80 °C
five independent pressure levels
effective surface diameter of 200 mm
Determination of creep behaviour
Tensile creep (ISO 899-1), temperature range: 23 ÷ 150 °C
Flexural creep by three (four) - point loading (ISO 899-2), temperature: +23 °C
Testing long-time creep under deflection loads
comparative creep measurements can be carried out at laboratory temperature,
the dimensions of tested plates can be taken within 600 × 600 mm ÷ 1300 × 1300 mm.
Dynamic mechanical analysis (tensile vibration, flexural vibration - non-resonance method)
(ISO 6721-1,-4,-5)
temperature range:  -120 ÷ 500 °C
frequency range:  0.001 ÷ 10 Hz
Determination of internal stress by measuring 3D geometry on specimens cut out from articles from plastics
measurement is carried out at room temperature
specimen dimensions up to 150x150 mm
Morphological structure using both optical and electron microscopy
Distribution of rubber phase in heterophasic polyolefin systems



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