Coatings Characterization

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Coatings Characterization

We have an array of equipment to characterize coatings and free standing films. Our capabilities include characterization of mechanical properties (Taber, hardness), wetting behavior, optical transmission (UV to mid-IR), electrical conductivity, thickness, functional groups (using IR spectroscopy), and microstructure.

A full list of our coatings characterization services can be found in the table below.

Coatings


Coatings Characterization Services

Analysis / Test (+ options)Turnaround

Optical Microscopy

➤ Bright field (Mag.: 50x, 200x, 500x, & 1000x)

2 to 3 business days

➤ Additional images using light polarizer

- - -

➤ Interference contrast image

- - -

➤ Dark field images

- - -

Infrared Spectroscopy

➤ IR spectra (ATR)

1 to 2 business days

➤ Transmission: Range (Wavenumber: 500 - 4000 cm-1)

1 to 2 business days

➤ IR spectra functional group analysis

3 to 5 business days

UV-Vis Spectroscopy (Range: 190 - 1100 nm)

➤ Coating provided on a UV-Vis transparent substrate

1 to 2 business days

➤ Coating formulations that need to be applied on a glass or polymer slide prior to measurements

2 to 4 business days

Contact Angle (water or oil)

➤ Static angle

2 to 3 business days

➤ Advancing angle

- - -

➤ Receding angle

- - -

➤ Slide angle

- - -

➤ Specialty liquids

Varies

Sheet Resistance (Four Probe)

➤ Without sample preparation

2 to 3 business days

➤ With sample preparation

Varies

Abrasion Testing (Taber Test)

➤ Weight loss

3 to 4 business days

➤ Weight loss + ΔHaze

- - -

Coating Thickness

➤ Metal substrate

1 to 2 business days

➤ Polymer substrate (using optical microscope)

2 to 3 business days

Haze Testing

➤ Haze only

2 to 3 business days

➤ Integrated transmission

- - -

Adhesion - Pull-off Dolly Test (Wet/Dry)

3 to 4 business days

Adhesion - Tape Test (Wet/Dry)

2 to 3 business days

Hardness Testing (Persoz or Koenig Hardness)

2 to 3 business days

Scrap Adhesion and Mar Testing

2 business days

Impact Testing (up to 18 N·m)

2 to 3 business days

Accelerated Weathering Testing (Spray with Solar Eye Irradiance Control)

Varies