Physical Properties

Physical Properties and Mechanical Analysis Capabilities

NSL’s breadth of physical property testing capabilities includes mechanical and thermal analysis. Whether you’re assessing the physical attributes of materials for selection, design, production, or failure analysis, you can count on NSL to provide accurate and reliable results for your polymer and composite materials. Our physical testing and mechanical analysis capabilities include:


  • Tensile Strength
  • Flexural Strength
  • Compressive Strength
  • Impact Resistance
  • Crush Strength
  • Shear Resistance
  • Interlaminate Strength
  • Hardness


  • Density
  • Specific Gravity
  • Water Absorption
  • Water Vapor Permeability
  • Contact Angle
  • Rheology
  • Viscosity
  • Melt Processing Characteristics
  • Melting Point
  • Cloud Point
  • Pour Point
  • Oil Absorption of Pigments
  • UV-Vis Spectroscopy
  • QUV – Accelerated Weathering Tester
  • Coatings – Scratch and Abrasion Resistance
  • Haze and Luminous Transmittance of Transparent Plastics


  • Void Content
  • Volatile Organic Content
  • Ash Content
  • Outgassing
  • Flash Point
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Turbidity
  • Color
  • Particle Size and Shape