various material analysis – characterisation of plastics via FTIR


characterisation of plastics via FTIR

Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) is a non-destructive micro-analytical spectroscopic technique, which studies the molecular vibrations within a material. FTIR produces a unique spectrum, which is comparable to the fingerprint of the material. It is the fundamental analytical technique used to perform qualitative identification analysis in polymeric materials and plastics.

FTIR which is equipped with an attenuated total reflectance (ATR) attachment offers a fast, reliable, consistent, cost effective and most importantly non-destructive analysis in plastics. The main polymer compound, additives (up to a certain level), polymer blends, water content, oxidation and degradation and chemical contact in the plastics can be easily identified in seconds using the FTIR.

In 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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