Most polymer materials are susceptible to change from factors in their environment. Smithers offers specialized expertise in polymer performance change as a result of environmental conditions. We can advise on appropriate test methodology to suit your application.

Our environmental rubber testing lab will provide you with confidence in the durability and performance of your product or component, enabling an understanding of its operational limitations within its end-use service environment.

Our expert team are able to:

  • Create a custom test method tailored to the material/product and its life cycle
  • Evaluate material performance when exposed to environmental stress
  • Identify problems with the material design, materials used, or manufacturing process, and suggest remedial actions to correct these.

Specialist environmental testing areas:

Products and materials tested include:

  • Rubber, plastics, and composite materials
  • Plastics – cellular, PE, PVC and GRP
  • Flexible sheet / film
  • Laminates
  • Pipes and fittings
  • Subsea connection systems
  • Cables
  • Hoses and flexibles
  • Protective clothing and coated fabrics
  • Life safety appliances
  • Harnesses and restraints
  • Paint and surface finishes

Standards and accreditation

Smithers can test to a range of international standards, including those specific to the aerospace and defence industries, including:
  • MIL-STD-810
  • RTCA/DO-160
  • DEF STAN 00-35
  • BS ISO 1431-1 (BS ISO 1817)
For more information on how we can develop a custom testing programme to a specific standard or set of standards, please contact our team.

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