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ASTM D2126 test now offered at Micom Laboratories

Micom Laboratories is proud to announce that it now offers the ASTM D2126 test as part of its heat aging testing services. This test protocol attempts to characterize the effect of several temperatures and humidity on rigid cellular plastics through the use of a thermal and humidity cycling test . Indeed, this method relies on the physical measurements of the sample before and after the exposure in order to assess the stability of the container.

ASTM D2126 test

The goal of the ASTM D2126 standard is to characterize the behavior of rigid cellular plastics towards a particular temperature and relative humidity. Indeed, this purpose is based on the principle that the properties and the stability of a polymer are subjected to the conditions they are exposed to. Therefore, this method provides some insights on the evolution of the attributes of the specimen through the use of a thermal and humidity test. The latter consists of exposing the sample to a temperature and a relative humidity that is similar to the intended ones for a specific time frame in order to assess the changes of the attributes of the plastic over time. As a matter of fact, the ASTM D2126 relies on the evaluation of the changes in dimensions and mass of the sample in order to characterize the effect of humidity and temperature towards the behavior of rigid cellular plastics. Also, the results obtained can serve to compare the performance of a material in a specific situation, to assess the relative performance of various cellular plastics or to define an acceptance criterion for a material. However, they cannot avail to predict the performance of the specimen nor be used in engineering calculations. Lastly, the purpose of this standard is similar to the goal of water resistance tests, but the means to achieve it is different.

Micom offers polymer testing services for a wide selection of material and products. For more information about the ASTM D2126 test, we invite you to contact our material testing laboratory today. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions about either of those tests.

Micom Laboratories is a third party industrial material testing laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, CGSB, ISTA and many other organizations.


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Michel Comtois

Michel Comtois is an accomplished founder and CEO of Micom Laboratories Inc., an ISO/IEC 17025 (2017) A2LA-accredited independent laboratory specializing in product and material testing services. Before establishing Micom Laboratories in 1999, Michel, who also holds a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry, gained extensive experience over a 14-year tenure managing departments spanning physical chemistry, physics, mechanical and material testing in research and contract laboratories. This exposure granted him a profound understanding of the intricacies of development and material testing processes.

In addition to his practical experience, Michel has played influential roles on various voluntary technical committees. He notably, served as the chairperson for CAN/CGSB 44.227 and the Head of the Canadian Delegation for ISO TC 136. He also contributed to the following technical committees: CAN/CGSB 44.229, CAN/CGSB 44.232, ANSI/BIFMA X5.1, ANSI/BIFMA X5.5, ANSI/BIFMA X5.6, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9 ANSI/BIFMA X5.11, ISTA Certification Council.

Leveraging his unique expertise, he has led Micom Laboratories to become a renowned name in its niche, now operating out of a 16,000-square-foot test facility in Montreal, Canada, and serving a diverse customer base with an array of material and product testing services. Follow Michel on LinkedIn

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