Lacerta Technology offers Contract Research for assistance and advice on materials’ development and characterisation of mechanical and thermal properties over a wide temperature range and in controlled environments, for example air, nitrogen, fluid immersion and varying relative humidity.
Dynamic mechanical and dielectric analysis are particularly sensitive to changes in polymeric structure in the solid state, for example with blends, the effect of cooling rate and the degree of cure for thermoset resins. Detailed analysis can assist in the optimisation of processing conditions.
We can perform contract thermal analysis work, using the following techniques: DSC, TGA, DMA & DETA and the novel identiPol QA, specifically designed for Quality Assurance in the plastics industry. All of these techniques are available within the same laboratory.
Our laboratory is equipped with the necessary equipment for Thermal Analysis: Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and the more specialist techniques of Dynamic Mechanical (DMA) and Dielectric Analysis (DETA). This enables us to fully investigate changes in polymeric structure in the solid state and these techniques are used extensively in studies on polymer blends, evaluation of crystallisation in materials and assessing the degree of cure for thermoset resins. Detailed analysis can assist in the optimisation of processing conditions.
We have an excellent reputation in the field of Thermal Analysis and are used by many well-known companies, including Arrabon Technologies, Braidco Flexitanks, Notedome, PCN, Triumph Motorcycles.