Industries-PolymersPolymers and composites are essential in manufacturing plastics, cement mixtures, and other common applications – such as Kevlar vests. Polymers span a large realm of materials made from organic compounds. However, it is also important to ensure the desired material properties in order to create the highest functionality product. Having concrete data on the material properties will make the entire manufacturing process run more smoothly.

Ebatco has the instrumentation necessary for mechanical testing of polymers and composites, and our team of scientists has the skills and knowledge to satisfy testing and verification needs. A multitude of tests can be used to test different mechanical properties of polymers and composites; stress-strain, creep, and deformation can be tested as well as compression, flexural and tensile properties of the materials. We can even examine the thermal behavior of polymers with the TGA/DSC, DMA, and TMA. There are many material properties in each and every polymer, it is important to know what they are.

Getting a professional and accurate report of the material properties of a polymer or composite will guarantee that it will serve its intended purpose. At Ebatco, we will help identify any material issues which will allow for usage of the ideal polymer or composite. If you have any questions about the services or instrumentation available at Ebatco, feel free to call or email and a member of our team will be able to further assist you.


Advanced composites characterization Compression, flexural, and tensile properties Determination of cause for fiber failure under high temperatures Determination of creep, stress/strain behaviors Determination of glass transition temperature
Examine thermal behavior of polymers with TGA/DSC, DMA, TMA


For more information please read our application notes:
Coating Scratch Resistance and Interfacial Adhesion Evaluation through Nanoscratch
Contact Angle Measurement for Molten Polymer at High Temperature
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion Measurement using TMA
Density and Surface Tension of Ink
Glass Transition Temperature Measurements Using Dynamic Mechanical Analysis
Light Load Reciprocating Wear of Computer Hard Disk Coatings
Micro Contact Angle Measurements on Single Particles, Filaments and Patterned Surfaces
Nanoindentation for hardness and elastic modulus measurements at nanoscale
Optical Inspection and Profiling of Defects on a Coated Wafer Surface
Scratch Failure Characteristics of DLC Coating on M2 Steel
SEM EDS Analysis on Scratch Failure of PTFE Coated Stainless Steel Guide Wire
Simultaneous Thermal Analysis of the Decomposition of Calcium Oxalate


Contact Angle Measurement for Molten Polymer at High Temperature


3D printing or additive manufacturing has been a hot topic in recent years. 3D printing or additive manufacturing is a layer by layer process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file using a 3D printer. There are several different ways for implementation of 3D printing, differing mainly in the way layers are built to create the final object. One of them is printing by depositing molten materials through an extrusion nozzle. This fascinating technique relies on materials’ ability to flow at moderate temperature and pressure, and a nozzle for extruding the molten materials as tiny droplets to a substrate. The adhesion tendency between the molten material and the nozzle and between the molten materials and a previously printed layer or a substrate is critical to the success of material transferring. One way to characterize the adhesion tendency is to perform contact angle measurement between the molten material and the materials it will come in contact. In this case, the molten material needs to form a sessile drop on the nozzle material, the substrate or the previously printed layer. Obviously, for this contact angle test a high temperature testing environment is required.


Ebatco’s NAT Lab has provided contact angle measurement services for numerous customers for many years. NAT Lab’s DM-701 Automatic Contact Angle Meter is equipped with high temperature accessories for measurements at elevated temperatures up to 380ºC. Figure 1 shows the DM-701 Automatic Contact Angle Meter with Heater Type Stage, Heater Type Dispenser and the Temperature Controller. Separate controllers control the Heater Type Stage and Heater Type Dispenser independently. The Heater Type Dispenser includes a special glass syringe that can use either a 22G or an 18G needle. The molten materials are dispensed at the set temperature with a micrometer head for a controlled volume. The solid sample is heated to the desired temperature using the Heater Type of Stage before the commencement of the contact angle measurement.




Polystyrene is one of the common materials for injection molding due to its fluidity, low shrinkage and good inherent thermal stability. High impact polystyrene (HIPS) has been used as 3D printing material. Thus, in this application note, polystyrene has been selected to demonstrate high temperature contact angle measurement. The measurement substrate materials are glass and stainless steel.




Before the droplet deposition, the substrate and the dispenser were heated to the set temperatures and allowed to equilibrate for a few minutes. The molten polymer was manually pushed through an 18G needle to form a pendant drop with volume approximately 3.5 µL. Then the molten polymer was deposited and transferred onto the heated substrate. The images of the droplets were captured and recorded by a camera and the contact angles were analyzed through the analysis software. Figure 2 shows two optical images of the molten polystyrene at high temperature on glass and stainless steel substrates for contact angle measurements.


From the analysis results, it can be known that wettability exists between the molten polystyrene and the substrates at elevated temperature. At 250ºC the contact angle of polystyrene with glass is 59.9º, and the contact angle of polystyrene with stainless steel is 45.3º. In terms of wetting and adhesion, stainless steel would be a better printing substrate than glass.