Engineering plastics such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polycarbonates, and polyamides are increasingly used in automotive and other high-performance applications.  Shimadzu offers a complete range of instruments to characterize the composition and thermal and mechanical behavior of plastic materials.

Below are a few examples:

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Instruments for Evaluations of Rubber and Plastics

Instruments for Evaluations of Rubber and Plastics

Rubber and plastic products are used in a wide variety of areas. Evaluations of their basic performance and the components that determine their performance are indispensable for product development and quality control. Shimadzu not only offers a wide array of evaluation instruments, it also provides comprehensive support from application to after-sales service.

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Analysis of Thermally Degraded Plastics Using Thermally Degraded Plastics Library

IRTracer-100 FTIR Spectrometer

FTIR is optimal for the analysis of such plastic contaminants. However, the infrared spectrum of degraded plastic differs from the spectral pattern before degradation. Accordingly, in searches using commercially available plastics libraries, even if a search result has top ranking, it can inadvertently consist of the spectral pattern for a different substance, making identification and qualification difficult. In this article, we introduce an example of the changes to the infrared spectrum of a plastic degraded by heat, and a sample search using a library containing data created by changing the heating temperature and time beforehand.

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Investigation of Ultraviolet Degradation of Plastic with Mapping Program

IRTracer-100 FTIR Spectrometer

Plastic is degraded by ultraviolet light and heat. However, it is difficult to determine how deep degradation reaches into a material based on its external appearance. The extent of degradation inside a material can be confirmed by cutting cross sections of the material and performing mapping analysis with an infrared microscope. We describe an analytical technique that confirms the extent of ultraviolet degradation of polypropylene plastic that is used in various everyday products, and compare the results with visual observation of ultraviolet degradation.

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Tensile Test Methods for Plastics: ASTM D638

Universal Tensile Testing Machines

Resin materials (plastics) are found in a wide variety of items used on a daily basis. Recently, plastics have started to be used as structural materials in transportation equipment, such as automobiles and aircraft, due to their strength and light-weight nature. In these applications, it is important to understand the mechanical strength properties of these plastics. ASTM D638 specifies methods for testing the tensile strength of plastics and other resin materials and for calculating their mechanical properties, and outlines accuracy requirements for the test frames and accessories used.

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Analysis of Microplastics by iSpect™ DIA-10 Dynamic Particle Image Analysis System and AIM-9000 Infrared Microscope

iSpect DIA-10 Dynamic Image Particle Size and Shape Analyzer iSpect DIA-10 Dynamic Image Particle Size and Shape Analyzer

Here, we introduce an example of analysis of the shape and particle count concentration of particles contained in environmental water and their qualitative analysis by using a dynamic particle image analysis system and an infrared microscope

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Hardness Test of Plastic Materials (ISO/TS 19278:2019)

DUH-211/DUH-211S - Dynamic Ultra Micro Hardness Testers

This article introduces hardness testing conforming to the above-mentioned standard (ISO/TS 19278:2019) by the Shimadzu DUH™-210 Dynamic Ultra Micro Hardness Tester for plastics using representative plastic materials.

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Journals & Papers

High‐toughness, environment‐friendly solid epoxy resins: Preparation, mechanical performance, curing behavior, and thermal properties

J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2019, 137, 48596.



Synthesis, Characterization, and 3D Printing of an Isosorbide-Based, Light-Curable, Degradable Polymer for Potential Application in Maxillofacial Reconstruction

ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng.



Wetting and localization of compatibilizers in biocomposites: A nanoscale evaluation and effects on physical properties

Available online 4 November 2019, 121963




For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

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