assessing polymer ageing FTIR

various material analysis – assessing polymer ageing by FTIR

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assessing polymer raging FTIR

assessing polymer ageing by FTIR

Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) is the most reliable and cost-effective method to identify the main components of a plastic material. One of the strongest capabilities of the FTIR is the identification of degradation-oxidation within the plastic.

Plastics are susceptible to thermal oxidation and degradation rendering them brittle and affecting their colour. Oxidation could be cause due to poor mixing of additives, bad processing and extensive thermal or sun-UV exposure. Oxidation would result in the formation of carbonyls altering the molecular structure of the material. This will yield extra bands in the relevant FTIR polymer spectrum.

At impact we are equipped with a Thermo Nicolet is10, FTIR coupler with an ATR attachment. We can offer material analysis and identification results in few seconds. In addition, Impact owns a large library of reference FTIR polymer spectra and can perform material comparisons in hundreds of polymer compounds.

why impact?

Some members of impact’s team have over 30 years of polymer experience, with over 120 years combined, and are internationally regarded as product experts including sitting on various CEN committees and being a notified body for construction products (Note because of our notified body status we cannot undertake consultancy on oil storage tanks), we can often identify potential sources of weakness in products without even undertaken testing using our experience.

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