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InnoVenton and The Downstream Chemicals Technology Station

Our laboratory is able to test for various automotive specification requirements for different parts. We also test polymers in general from other industries whether it is plastic granules or molded plastic components.

Automotive Components Testing Capabilities

  • Elevated temperature behavior
  • Behaviour after environmental aging cycles
  • Behaviour after environmental cycles
  • Adhesion ageing
  • Behaviour at low temperatures
  • Behavior after aging cycles
  • Chemical resistance
  • Mildew resistance
  • Burning behavior
  • Compressibility and recovery behavior
  • Condensable constituents (Fogging)
  • Density
  • Emissions or emission behavior (fog, odour, formaldehyde)
  • Flammability
  • FTIR
  • Density
  • Odour test
  • Shore A and Shore D hardness
  • SOC’s (11 compounds, inorganic and organic)
  • Tear propagation strength
  • Tear strength
  • Tensile strength and elongation
  • Testing for waviness and bulging due to water
  • Thermal cycle
  • Thermal desorption
  • Total thickness
  • Ball drop test
  • Flexural strength
  • Flexural modulus

The Proline Materials Testing machine [Z010 TH Proline] is a universal testing machine used to determine tensile strength (according to ISO 527-2, ISO 178/9), tear, peel, adhesion, compression and flexural type tests. It has a 10kN base frame, with a 10kN load cell (grade 1 accuracy level). A long travel extensometer, pneumatic side action grips, jaw mountings, compression kit and a 3 point flexural test fixture form part of the hardware components. 

Contact information
Mrs Louise Hamilton
Technical Manager
Tel: 041-5043245
louise.hamilton@nmmu.ac.za