Capabilities

PSILab is a strong advocate for plastic pipe and other polymeric and composite products. We are well connected with a wide network of product testing laboratories and industry experts. PSILab also plays key leadership roles in many pipe trade associations, advocacy groups, and standards organizations including:

 

1. ASTM International (ASTM)

2. American Water Works Association (AWWA)

3. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

4. Plastic Pipe Institute (PPI)

Pipe Testing

1. PVC pipe-pressure

2. PE pipe-pressure

3. Non-pressure pipe

4. Hoop tensile

5. Heat reversion 

6. Sustained pressure  

7. Quick burst pressure

8. Stiffness

9. Dimensions

10. Acetone immersion

11. Impact resistance

12. Hydrostatic Design Basis

Standards*

ASTM, AWWA C900 & C905

ASTM, AWWA C901 & C906

ASTM, AASHTO, others

ASTM D2290 

ASTM F1057, F610

ASTM D1598 

ASTM D1599 

ASTM D2412 

ASTM D2122, D3567 

ASTM D2152 

ASTM D2444 

ASTM D2992, D2837, PPI TR-3

* Listings of representative product and material standards only. PSILab technical experts can help assess your specific testing needs.

Materials Testing

1. Flexural properties

2. Tensile properties

3. Compression properties

4. Cell classification 

5. Creep

6. Izod impact resistance 

7. Notched constant ligament stress

8. Density gradient

9. Oxidative induction time

10. Melt flow rate

11. Carbon black

12. Ash content 

Standards*

ASTM D790 

ASTM D638, D412 

ASTM D695 

ASTM D1784, D3350 

ASTM D2990 

ASTM D256 

ASTM F1473, F2136 

ASTM D1505 

ASTM D3895 

ASTM D1238 

ASTM D4218 

ASTM D5630

Customized Materials & Product Testing

PSIlab's capabilties and experience allow us to handle a wide range of testing needs from design verification and validation, to materials selection and manufacturing process fine-tuning. Industries served include:

 

1. Medical devices

2. Packaging materials

3. Consumer goods

4. Industrial products

State-of-the-art Intrumentation

  1. Hydrostatic pressure systems for sustained and quick burst testing 

  2. Universal testing machine (UTM)

  3. Izod impact 

  4. Melt flow indexer

  5. Long-term creep and creep rupture

  6. Digital and optical microscopy

  7. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)

  8. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) / Energy dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy (EDS)

  9. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)

  10. Gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS)