The rubber, polymer, and plastic materials used in marine applications often face extreme pressure, temperatures, corrosion, fluid exposure, and other rigorous factors while in service.

Laboratory testing is a highly efficient way to assess whether these materials can withstand the unique stresses of their service environment. Smithers has extensive experience conducting materials and physical testing for marine seals, gaskets, o-rings, mounts, dock bumpers, and many other components.

Common Standards 

Our laboratories are equipped to test marine materials and components to a wide range of military and industry standard protocols. Some common marine testing standards include:
  • MIL-B-17901B: Military Specification: Bearing Components, Bonded Synthetic Rubber, Water Lubricated
  • MIL-PRF-15624G – Performance Specification: Gasket Material, Rubber, 50 Durometer Hardness (Maximum)
  • MIL-PRF-19769C – Gaskets, Synthetic Rubber Oil Resistant, Slide Valve (for 21-Inch Submerged Torpedo Tubes)
  • MIL-PRF-32287A – Performance Specification: Packing, Performed, Petroleum Hydraulic Fluid Resistance
  • ZZ-R-768B – Federal Specification: Rubber for Mountings (Unbonded-spool and Compression Types)
Our experts can also develop a custom testing program based on your specific needs and technical challenges and offer full product benchmarking, reverse engineering, and failure analysis services. With laboratories in both North America and Europe, we can support the marine industry worldwide.