composite testing

MES offers mechanical, chemical and surface analysis of composite materials.

Our composite test lab experts understand the challenges of testing composites due to their complex mechanical behavior and inhomogeneous build. To ensure mechanical integrity of your materials, we utilize innovative solutions and precision fixtures to provide accurate results in a timely manner.

Our extensive experience in composite testing allows us to offer a one stop shop for mechanical testing and micro analysis. We offer testing at a range of test temperatures and provide volume discounts for large orders. MES offers testing on thermosets, thermoplastics, laminates, fiber reinforced composites, core materials, resins, films and adhesives.

Mechanical Testing

Chemical TEsting

Surface analysis


  • Tensile properties (tensile, modulus and elongation)

  • Flexural strength

  • Adhesive strength

  • Compressibility

  • Percent volatiles

  • Cross-sectional multiple layer-film thickness

  • Molecular weight distribution

  • Additive and resin identification

  • Chemical family, including base polymer characterization


  • Witness panel testing

  • R&D of new materials

  • Reverse engineering


  • Sample Diameter Sizes – 1″ to 40+” diameter

  • Removal of about 1 meter of insulation

  • Surface preparation to scrape off loose paint or scale


  • Temperatures -100 to 1,000°F

  • On-site conditioning


  • ASTM C297 - Flatwise Tensile Strength

  • ASTM C364 - Edgewise Compressive Strength

  • ASTM D695 - Compression Rigid Plastics

  • ASTM D790 - Three-Point Flexure

  • ASTM D2344 - Short-Beam Strength

  • ASTM D3039/D3039M - Tensile Properties

  • ASTM D3410 - Compressive Properties

  • ASTM D3846 - In-Plane Shear Strength

  • ASTM D4255 - In-Plane Shear Properties

    (Rail Shear Method)

  • ASTM D5766 - Open-Hole Tensile Strength

  • ASTM D6272 - Flexural Properties

  • ASTM D6484 - Open-Hole Compressive Strength

  • ASTM D6641 - Compressive Properties

  • ASTM D7078 - Shear Properties

    (V-Notched Rail Shear Method)

  • ASTM D7249 - Flexural Properties

  • ASTM D7264 - Flexural Properties