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Materials Testing Laboratory

Materials Testing, Characterization and Forensic Laboratory Services
Contact: John Passero
1-800-220-3675 ext. 3604

The characterization of materials is the single most important step in understanding the processing-structure-property relationship, which often holds the key to successful problem-solving or product development. The Materials Science DivisionSM of EMSL Analytical, Inc. was established to help clients develop solutions to challenges in manufacturing, quality assurance and research and development.
Today, we provide materials testing, characterization, and forensic laboratory services for a wide range of commercial, industrial, regulatory, and law enforcement clients.
  • Our dedicated staff includes PhD scientists with substantial industry and academic credentials, and professionals with many years of experience in materials-related testing services. Our areas of expertise includes petrography, steels and high-temperature refractory alloys, metals and ceramics processing, mechanical behavior of materials, materials selection and evaluation, single crystals, nano-structures, microelectronic materials, and processing and characterization of coatings and thin films, to name a few.
  • Our company-wide focus on customer service makes no project too large or too small. Our corporate research and development capabilities allow us to bring new methodologies on line quickly to meet new industry challenges and client needs. We are committed to providing reliable, defensible data in a standardized and user-friendly format. Rapid turnaround and competitive prices make the dependable results you get that much more valuable.
  • Supported by a broad array of instrumentation, we apply a full spectrum of standard and customized analyses — elemental and chemical, structural, particle, surface, contaminant, mechanical, failure, bio-effectiveness — to your project.
At EMSL, we’re much more than another testing laboratory. We are your project partner. Give us a call today to find out how we can help to make your next project a success.



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Materials Testing Lab - Combustible Dust Testing   ASTM E1226: Explosion Severity (Kst, Pmax, [dP/dt]max)
   ASTM E1226: Go – No Go Testing (Explosive Screening)
   ASTM E1491/ASTM E2021: Minimum Ignition Temperature Test (MIT)
   ASTM E1515: Minimum Explosion Concentration (MEC)
   ASTM E2019: Minimum Ignition Energy (MIE)
   ASTM E2021: Layer Ignition Temperature (LIT)
   ASTM E2931: Limiting Oxygen Concentration (LOC)
   Class II Testing
   Combustibility Screening Test (VDI 2263 2.1.1)
   EPA 1030/CFR § 49.173 – Ignitability of Solids
   Initial Dust Characterization
   Resistivity Testing (for metal dust in particular)
Materials Testing Lab - Comparative Analysis   ICP, GC-MS, HPLC
   Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-rays (SEM/EDX)
   XRF Analysis
Materials Testing Lab - Compositional Analysis   Composition Analysis
Materials Testing Lab - Contaminant Identification   Contaminant Identification
Materials Testing Lab - Engineering Support   Deformulation/reverse engineering
Materials Testing Lab - Environmental Forensics Services   XRF Analysis
Materials Testing Lab - Environmental Monitoring   Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) - Community Air Monitoring Projects
   USP 797 Environmental Monitoring
Materials Testing Lab - Failure Analysis   Electronics Packaging Failure Analysis
   Failure Analysis
   Parts Failure Testing and Analysis
   Root Cause Failure Analysis
Materials Testing Lab - Fire Investigation Testing   Accelerants
   Carbon Black
   Cigarette Smoke
   Combustible Dust (Core Module) - (OSHA ID 201SG)
   Combustible Dust (Core Module) - (OSHA ID 201SG)
   Combustion By-Products (Levels 1, 2, 3, 4)
   Full Analysis with All Tests (Class II) - Core Analysis with MEC, MIE, MIT & MPR
   IESO / RIA Standard 6001
   Maximum Rate of Pressure Rise (MPR) - ASTM E1226
   Minimum Explosive Concentration (MEC) - ASTM E1515
   Minimum Ignition Energy (MIE) - ASTM E2019
   Minimum Ignition Temperature (MIT) - ASTM E1491
   NIOSH 5000 (Gravimetric analysis only for Carbon Black)
   NIOSH 5000 (Includes TEM Confirmation)
   Resistivity for Metal Dust
   Source Confirmation
   Wild Fires
   Wood Smoke
Materials Testing Lab - FTIR Analysis   Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
Materials Testing Lab - Materials Characterization   Anions GROUP SCAN by Ion Chromatography
   GC (FID, MS, Pyrolysis)
   Mercury (Hg)
   X-Ray Diffraction Spectrometry (XRD)
   X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (XRF)
   XRD Analysis
   XRF Analysis
Materials Testing Lab - Mechanical and Physical Testing   Abrasion (Taber Rotary or Linear Method)
   Carbon and Sulfur Content
   Compressive Strength
   Cross-sectioning and Polishing
   Demagnetization curves (Br, Hci, Hc, Hk, BHmax)
   Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
   Effects of Heat, Humidity, and Solvents on products
   Energy Dispersive X-rays (EDX)
   Environmental Studies
   Fatigue Testing
   Flash Point
   Flexural Strength Testing
   Fracture Analysis
   Grain Boundaries and Structure
   Hardness (Knoop, Vickers, Brinell, Rockwell)
   Impact Fracture
   Impact Resistance
   Load Testing
   Magnetic Testing
   Melting Point
   Metals / Alloy Identification
   Parts Failure Testing and Analysis
   Polymer and Ceramic Analysis
   Processing (heat treatment)
   Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
   Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-rays (SEM/EDX)
   Spring Testing
   Tensile Strength Testing
   Thermo-gravimetric Analysis (TGA)
   Torsion Testing
   X-Ray Diffraction Spectrometry (XRD)
   X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (XRF)
Materials Testing Lab - Membrane Filtration Testing   E. coli Detection by Membrane Filtration
   Fecal Coliform by Membrane Filtration
   Total Coliform Count by Membrane Filtration
Materials Testing Lab - Metallurgical Testing   Metallurgical Testing
Materials Testing Lab - Microplastics   Microplastics
Materials Testing Lab - Nanomaterials Characterization   Materials Characterization
Materials Testing Lab - Non-Destructive Testing   XRF
Materials Testing Lab - Particle Identification   Laser Interferometry
   Mechanical Sieve
   Sonic Sieve
Materials Testing Lab - Petrography   Mechanical Sieve w/ Hydrometry (ASTM D422)
   Petrographic and Soil Examinations
Materials Testing Lab - Polymers, Plastics, Paints and Coatings Testing   Advanced polymer ID (bulk, filler, plasticizer ID)
   Apparent Bending Modulus of Plastics by Means of a Cantilever Beam
   ASTM D1475 Density of Paint, Varnish, Lacquer, and Related Products
   ASTM D1640 Drying, Curing, or Film Formation of Organic Coatings at Room Temperature
   ASTM D185 Coarse Particles in Pigments in Pastes and Paints
   ASTM D215 Chemical Analysis of White Linseed Oil Paints
   ASTM D2369 Volatile Content of Coatings
   ASTM D2372 Separation of Vehicle from Solvent Reducible Paints
   ASTM D2621 Infrared Identification of Vehicle Solids from Solvent Reducible Paints
   ASTM D2805 Hiding Power of Paints by Reflectometry
   ASTM D3335 Low Concentrations of Lead, Cadmium, and Cobalt in Paint by AA
   ASTM D3723 Pigment Content of Water Emulsion Paints by Low Temperature Ashing
   ASTM D3792 Water in Paints and Paint Materials by Karl Fischer Method
   ASTM D3960/EPA Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Content of Paints and Related Coatings
   ASTM D4062 Leveling of Paints by Draw-Down Method
   ASTM D4400 Sag Resistance of Paints Using a Multi Notch Applicator
   ASTM D4958 Comparison of Brush Drag of Latex Paints
   ASTM D522 Mandrel Bend Test of Attached Organic Coatings
   ASTM D542 Index of Refraction of Transparent Organic Plastics
   ASTM D543 Practice for Evaluating the Resistance of Plastics to Chemical Reagents
   ASTM D562 Consistency of Paints using the Stormer Viscometer
   ASTM D570 Water Absorption of Plastics
   ASTM D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing
   ASTM D638 Tensile Properties of Plastics
   ASTM D648 Deflection Temperature of Plastics Under Flexural Load in the Edgewise Position
   ASTM D695 Compressive Properties of Rigid Plastics
   ASTM D696 Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion of Plastics Between -30C and 30C
   ASTM D732 Shear Strength of Plastics by Punch Tool
   ASTM D746 Brittleness Temperature of Plastics and Elastomers by Impact
   ASTM D785 Rockwell Hardness of Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials
   ASTM D790 Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Mat.
   ASTM D792 Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement
   ASTM D968 Resistance of Organic Coatings by Falling Abrasive
   Basic polymer ID (bulk ID)
   Coatings Analysis
   Coatings and Polymers
   Compressive Properties of Rigid Plastics - D695
   Degradation of Al Coating on an Optical Component
   Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) of Polymers - D3418
   Flexural Properties of Plastics - D790
   Help finding polymer vendors
   Moisture in Plastics by Karl Fischer - D6869
   Paint Identification
   Polymer and Ceramic Analysis
   Polymer Testing
   Polymer Testing
   TT-P-19D Sec. 4.3.3 Alkali Resistance, Exterior masonry Latex Paints
   TT-P-29K Sec. 4.3.10 Alkali Resistance, Interior latex Paints
Materials Testing Lab - Product Development R&D   Research and Development
Materials Testing Lab - Product/Process Validation   Label Validation
   Method Validation
   Validation Studies
Materials Testing Lab - Quality Assurance   Quality Assurance
Materials Testing Lab - SEM Analysis   Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-rays (SEM/EDX)
Materials Testing Lab - TEM Analysis   Energy Dispersive X-rays (EDX)
   Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-rays (SEM/EDX)
Materials Testing Lab - Unknown Material Identification   Identification of Unknown Bacteria and Fungi by DNA Sequencing
   Unknown Particle Identification
   Unknowns (Identifications of)
Materials Testing Lab - Weatherization/Aging Studies   Weathering
Materials Testing Lab - X-ray Imaging/CT   Energy Dispersive X-rays (EDX)
   Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-rays (SEM/EDX)
   X-Ray Diffraction Spectrometry (XRD)
   X-Ray Dispersive Analysis
   X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (XRF)
Other   Airborne Contaminants
  Aspirin Contamination
  ASTM D1210 Fineness of Dispersion of Pigment-Vehicle Systems by Hegman-Type Scale
  ASTM D1308 Effect of Household Chemicals on Clear and Pigmented Organic Finishes
  ASTM D1545 Viscosity of Transparent Liquids by Bubble Time Method
  ASTM D2830
  ASTM D3359 Measuring Adhesion by Tape Test
  ASTM D374 Thickness of Solid Electrical Insulation
  ASTM D412 Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elasomers - Tension
  ASTM D413 Rubber property-Adhesion to Flexible Substrate
  ASTM D429 Rubber Property-Adhesion to Rigid Substrates
  ASTM D430 Rubber Deterioration-Dynamic Fatigue
  ASTM D494 Acetone Extraction of Phenolic Molded or Laminated Products
  ASTM D523 Specular Gloss
  ASTM D572 Rubber - Deterioration by Head and Oxygen
  ASTM D573 Rubber - Deterioration in an Air Oven
  ASTM D575 Rubber Properties in Compression
  ASTM D608 Speciation for Dibutyl Phthalate
  ASTM D622 Rubber Hose for Automotive Air and Vacuum Brake System
  ASTM D623 Rubber Property - Heat Generation and Flexing Fatigue in Compression
  ASTM D624 Tear Strength of Conventional Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers
  ASTM D6763 Application of Brushed Film
  ASTM D704 Specification for Melamine-Formaldehyde Molding Compounds
  ASTM D706 Specification for Cellulose Acetate Molding and extrusion Compounds
  ASTM D707 Specification for Cellulose Acetate Butyrate Molding and Extrusion Compounds
  ASTM D731 Molding Index of Thermosetting Molding Powder
  ASTM D787 Specification for Ethyl Cellulose Molding and Extrusion Compounds
  ASTM D788 Classification System for Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) (PMMA) Molding and Extrusion Compounds
  ASTM D789 Determination of Relative Viscosity and Moisture Content of Polyamide (PA)
  ASTM D813 Rubber Deterioration - Crack Growth
  ASTM D93 Flash-Point by Pensky Martin Closed Cup
  Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES)
  Batch to batch comparison
  BET (Brunauer–Emmett–Teller)/Surface Area
  Bomb Calorimetry (calories)
  Bone in soup
  Boron Carbide by NIOSH 7506
  Building Debris Identification
  Carbon Black confirmation and source (if possible)
  Cellulose Insulation in Airborne Samples by NIOSH 7404
  Child Illness
  Chocolate properties (by DSC)
  Coefficient of Friction (Films) - D1894
  Combustible Dust Testing
  Common Particle Identification
  Condition in Container
  Contaminate ID
  Contamination and Quality Control
  Corrosion Testing
  Determination of the degree of oxidation in fine Mg powders
  Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) for % Crystallinity - D3418
  Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) of Fluoropolymers - D4591
  Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) Sintering of Fluoropolymers - D4591
  Differential Scanning Calorimetry(DSC)/Thermo-gravimetric Analysis(TGA)
  Drop impact resistance
  DSC - Differential Scannin Calorimetry for transition temperatures & crystalinity
  Durometer Hardness - D2240
  Dust Characterization and Analysis
  E1347 Color and Color-Difference Measurement by Tristimulus (filter) Colorimetry
  E313 Calculating Yellowness and Whiteness Indices from Instrumentally Measured Color Coordinates
  Electron Microscopy Analysis
  Elemental Impurities Testing According to USP <232>/<233> & USP <2232>
  Failure Analysis
  FCA 21 CFR, foos contact items
  Fibrous Talc
  Filler Content by TGA - D5630
  FT-IR Analysis - E1252
  FTMS 141-2131 Application of Sprayed Film
  Full Particle IdentificationSM (FPID)
  Gel Permeation Chromatography - D5296
  GERMAN VDI 3492 (Asbestos and Fibrous Glass by SEM)
  German VDI-3866 Part 5
  Hardness (Rockwell, Knoop, Vickers, etc.)
  Hunter Color
  HVAC / Filtration Investigation Testing
  Impact resistance (Izod/Charpy)
  Industrial Dust and Hygiene Analysis
  ISO 14966
  Lead Sulfide (Oxides) by NIOSH 7505
  Litigation Support
  Man Made Mineral Fibers (MMMF's)
  Man Made Vitreous Fibers (MMVF's)
  Materials Characterization
  Materials Identification (MID)
  Mechanical Testing
  Melt Flow Rate by extrusion Plastometer
  Melting Point
  Metal and Stain
  Moisture (Karl Fisher)
  Motorcycle Accident
  Non Asbestos Respirable Fibers (NARF's)
  Noodles too soft
  Outdoor Irritants and Infiltration
  Package 1
  Package 2
  Package 3
  Package 4
  Package 5
  Package 6
  Package 7
  Paint Identification
  Particle Analysis
  Particle Identification (CPID):SM (Common)
  Particle Sizing and Distribution
  Particle Sourcing
  Patent Infringement Testing
  Permeation Testing / Films and Packages
  Personal Lubricants and Condoms Testing
  Physical Testing Services
  Quantitative Dust Phase Analysis
  Refractory Ceramic Fibers (RCF's)
  RoHS Compliance Testing
  Sofenting point
  Soot, Char & Ash
  Special Projects
  Specific Gravity - D792
  Specific Heat Capacity by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) - D3418
  Std Industry Method Fume Resistance
  Sunken Treasures circa 1820
  Surface Analysis
  Surface Oxidation of Silicon Nitride
  Tensile Properties - D638
  Tensile Properties (Yarns) - D2256
  Tensile Properties of Thin Sheeting - D882
  TGA - Thermal Gravimetric Analylsis (multiple applications)
  Thermal Stability by TGA - E1131
  Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) - E1131
  Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) w/ SDTA Curves - E1131
  Three Corpses and a Road Crew
  TT-E-487 Sec 4.4.11 Water Resistance Floor and Deck
  TT-E-487E Federal Specification Enamel: Floor and Deck (Water Resistance)
  TT-P-29K Sec. 4.3.9 Water Resistance, Exterior Latex Paints
  TT-P-95C Sec. 4.4.5 Brushing Properties
  TT-P-95C Sec. 4.4.6 Flexibility
  TT-P-95C Sec. 4.4.7 Self-Lifting
  TT-P-95C Sec. 4.4.9 Water Immersion
  Unknown ID
  UV/Vis Light Permeability
  Vascosity (Rhealogy)
  Vicat Softening Temperature
  Welding Composition
  Zinc Whiskers
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