Fiberglass Engineering
The only CR FRP Consulting Firm with Extensive Design & Fabrication Experience

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FEMech’s FRP Testing Lab

FEMech Engineering has a fully equipped fiberglass testing lab and is the only lab specializing in FRP for the corrosion industry which is owned by a Professional Engineering Firm. We have a state of the art electronically controlled Instron Machine running Instron’s BlueHill 2 software.

FEMech Engineering Lab is the only FRP testing lab with a state of the art Instron video extensometer (SVE). SVE’s are high precision, do not suffer damage when laminates break as do mechanical extensometers (the type used by most FRP labs) and are more cost effective than strain gages.

FEMech’s Instron Machine is powered by a Toshiba Industrial Uninterruptible Power Supply which supplies electronically 60 hz AC so the Instron is protected against brown-outs, black-outs and power surges. This protects valuable test data should a power company problem occur during a test. FEMech’s Lab is also connected to a 24 kVA generator so operations are not shut down by long term power outages.

FEMech Engineering Lab offers a full range of fiberglass laminate lab tests. Other services are FRP laminate test report interpretations, verification of compliance with design basis properties, and conducting forensic studies.

We outsource special lab tests with specially equipped testing agencies we know and trust to provide expert services.

In-house lab tests:

  • ASTM D 638, “Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics”, at Room Temperature & Elevated Temperature
  • ASTM D 3039, “Tensile Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials”
  • ASTM D 790, “Test Method for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials”, at Room Temperature and Elevated Temperature
  • ASTM D 695, “Test Method for Compressive Properties of Rigid Plastics”
  • ASTM D 2412, “Determination of External Loading Characteristics of Plastic Pipe by Parallel-Plate Loading”
  • ASTM D 792, “Test Method for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement”
  • ASTM D 2583, “Test Method for Indentation Hardness of Rigid Plastics by Means of a Barcol Impressor”
  • ASTM D 2584, “Test Method for Ignition Loss of Cured Reinforced Resins”
  • ASTM D3567, “Determining Dimensions of Fiberglass Pipe and Fittings”
  • RTP-1 M-5, “Secondary Bonder Qualification”

Special lab tests:

  • ASTM E 84, “Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Solid Materials”
  • DMA - Dynamic Mechanical Analysis, for the purpose of determining:
    • Modulus
    • Degree of cure
    • Glass transition temperature (Tg)
    • Damping characteristics
    • Composite (resin-reinforcement) interactions
    • Impact resistance correlations
    • Polymer morphology
  • DSC - Differential Scanning Calorimetry, for the purpose of determining:
    • Glass transition temperature (Tg)
    • Melting points
    • Crystallization
    • Heat of fusion and reaction
    • Specific heat and heat capacity
    • Rate of cure
    • Reaction kinetics
    • Purity
  • IR Infra-Red Scan
    • Identification of resin in cured laminates
    • Identification of the use of mixed-resins in cured laminates
  • Special shop/field tests:
    • AE - Acoustic Emissions
      • AE testing is an excellent tool for identifying propagating flaws or structural problems.
      • AE acceptance criteria testing of new vessels
      • AE baseline for monitoring of structural integrity over time.
      • Routine and periodic AE testing of in-service equipment
    • Stain Gauge Testing, to determine compliance with allowable strain criteria

Tuesday March 20, 2018