Chisholm's Polymer Testing Laboratory provides a wide range of testing and analysis services to industries where polymers and plastics are used. It has facilities for product and process development using both pilot and full-scale polymer processing equipment.

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The laboratory has operated since 1983 and in that time has earned a reputation for being one of the best-equipped and most professional facilities of its kind in Victoria. It is accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) and complies with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 ‘General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories’.

Situated in the hub of the Melbourne's manufacturing sector, the laboratory has serviced many local organisations and a range of clients across Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia.

The Polymer Testing Laboratory is run by highly qualified staff who are experienced in industry and understand the need for work to be completed/undertaken discretely. All requirements are managed professionally and in complete confidence and, where necessary, a confidentiality agreement can be arranged.

The laboratory is equipped with a wide range of equipment including two Shimadzu  tensile testing machines , Ceast pendulum impact tester, falling dart film impact tester, Differential Scanning Calorimeter, FTIR, QUV weathering machine, Ceast VICAT/HDT, MFI and hardness testers.

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Polymer testing services available

  • Product testing and evaluation using either the product(s) directly, or test specimens taken from the product(s) by die or machine cutting 
  • Material testing and evaluation of raw materials, or test specimens prepared by injection moulding  or compression moulding, die cutting or milling
  • Identification and analysis of materials using Differential Scanning Calorimetry with Infrared Spectroscopy as confirmation 
  • Flow behaviour of materials such as melt flow rate and shear rate verses viscosity of materials can be determined using the Melt Flow Indexer and Monsanto Capillary Rheometer. The Brabender Plasticorder can provide information on torque and temperature, shear rate and viscosity.

All testing and analysis of products and materials is to specifications using Australian Standards, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standards. Other test methods may be available on application.

Here's what our customers say about our services

"Sydney Water Corporation has been sending samples of sewer pipe liner to Chisholm Institute for testing since I have been involved with the program (ten years). We are happy with the quality of the testing at the NATA certified laboratory, and the reports which are provided in good time. This is for both PVC and Cured in Place liners, in a variety of sizes and materials. Chisholm also prepare the test pieces from the raw sample, and have arranged off-site testing for material assays.
Malcolm Cluett, Project Engineer, Sydney Water Corporation

“Helpful staff. Timely and efficient service.”
Dale McPherson, Operations, Reliance Worldwide.

Contact us

For a full list of our services and equipment contact +61 3 9212 5477 or +61 3 9212 5029 or polymertesting@chisholm.edu.au .

NATA Accreditation number 10064.