JEC World 2018 preview: R-Tech Materials
R-Tech Materials, an award-winning UK testing laboratory, is showcasing its composite capabilities at JEC World 2018.
R-Tech Materials (Stand B65, Hall 6), an award-winning UK testing laboratory, is showcasing its composite capabilities at JEC World 2018.
Based in South Wales, R-Tech’s polymer and composites laboratories test the mechanical, thermal and chemical properties of non-metallic materials, components and products. These include plastics and fiber-reinforced composites for material approval and characterization, to identify quality issues, solve processing problems or identify why a product has failed.
R-Tech’s fully equipped composites testing laboratories include a state-of-the-art Zwick universal testing machine which operates in a temperature range of -70°C to 250°C, as well as a Hirox digital microscope and Zeiss Scanning Electron Microscope.
With the capability to test complex orientations to loads from 1N up to 1500kN, R-Tech’s standard tests include tension, interlaminar shear, in-plane shear, shore hardness, compression and mechanical properties of sandwich panels, as well as fatigue testing (in tension or in bending). This testing is carried out to ISO and ASTM standards under controlled temperature and humidity conditions, all accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Authority (UKAS).
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