Tensile tests measure the force required to break a plastic sample specimen and the extent to which the specimen stretches or elongates to that breaking point.
IZOD is one of the most important machines used to determine the impact resistance of materials, especially plastic.
Melt flow rate is a measure of the ease of flow of the melt of a thermoplastic polymer. Originally the term is called [Melt Flow Index] or [Melt Indext (MI)] (Usually used for PE, but can also be used for various other materials). Standard rate flow is measured g/10min [MFR]. Another unit used for melt flow is cm3/10min [Melt volume rate (MVR)]. MVR times the density of the aqueous solution is MFR.
Specific gravity is the ratio of the density of a substance to the density (mass of the same unit volume) of a reference substance. Apparent specific gravity is the ratio of the weight of a volume of the substance to the weight of an equal volume of the reference substance. The reference substance is nearly always water for liquids or air or gases. Temperature and pressure must be specified for both the sample and the reference. Pressure is nearly always 1 atm equal to 101.325 kPa.
Materials with specific gravity value over 1 sinks under water, vice versa, values lower than 1 floats on top of water.
It is easy to confuse specific gravity with density. However, density is mass over volume, specific gravity, on the other hand, is the comparison between two densities. Therefore, it is easier to use specific gravity to determine whether a material or object will float on top of water.
Flexural strength is a measurement that indicates a material’s resistance to deforming when it is placed under a load. The values needed to calculate flexural strength are measured experimentation, with rectangular samples of the material placed under load in a 3 or 4 point testing setup. The following is an equation for flexural strength: Flexural strength(Mpa)=3PL/2Wh2 P=maximum resistance, L=distance between the two outer supports (mm), w and h are the width and height of the beam.