Material Property Testing

The UMaine Composites Center is an ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory with nearly 20 years of testing experience. Accredited through International Accreditation Services, Inc., the UMaine Composites Center offers a wide range of standard material property tests. Click here to learn more about our ISO 17025 Accreditation.

The following are examples of the types of material tests we can perform.


ASTM D905     Strength Properties of Adhesive Bonds in Shear by Compression Loading
ASTM D1101     Integrity of Adhesive Joints in Laminated Wood Products for Exterior Use
ASTM D2339     Strength Properties of Adhesives in Two-Ply Wood Construction in Shear
ASTM D2559     Standard Specification for Adhesives for Structural Laminated Wood Products
ASTM D3165     Lap Shear Strength Properties of Adhesives
ASTM D5868     Lap Shear Adhesion for Fiber Reinforced (FRP) Plastic Bonding

Composite Materials

ASTM C393     Flexural Properties of Sandwich Constructions
ASTM D2344     Short-beam Strength of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials and Their Laminates
ASTM D2584     Ignition Loss of Cured Reinforced Resins
ASTM D3039     Tensile Properties of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials
ASTM D3410     Compressive Properties of Composite Materials by Shear Loading
ASTM D3479     Tension-Tension Fatigue of Polymer Matrix Composite Materials
ASTM D3518     In-plane Shear of Composite Materials by Tensile Test of a ± 45o Laminate
ASTM D4255     Standard Guide for Testing In-plane Shear Properties of Composite Laminates
ASTM D5379     Shear Properties of Composite Materials by the V-Notched Beam Method
ASTM D5528     Mode I Interlaminar Fracture Toughness of Unidirectional Composites
ASTM D5766     Open Hole Tensile Strength of Polymer Matrix Composite Laminates
ASTM D6115     Mode I Fatigue Delamination Growth Onset of Unidirectional Composites
ASTM D6641     Compressive Properties of Composite Laminates
ASTM D7078     Standard Test Method for Shear Properties of Composite Materials by V-Notched Rail Shear Method
ASTM F1679     Using a Variable Incidence Tribometer (VIT)


ASTM D1761     Standard Test Methods for Mechanical Fasteners in Wood

Plastic Materials

ASTM D256     Determining the Izod Pendulum Impact Resistance of Plastics
ASTM D635     Rate of Burning of Plastics in a Horizontal Position
ASTM D638     Tensile Properties of Plastics
ASTM D695     Compressive Properties of Rigid Plastics
ASTM D696     Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion
ASTM D790     Flexural Properties of Plastics
ASTM D792     Density and Specific Gravity of Plastics by Displacement
ASTM D953     Bearing Strength of Plastics
ASTM D2765     Determination of Gel Content and Swell Ratio of Crosslinked Ethylene Plastics
ASTM D3846     In-plane Shear Strength of Reinforced Plastics
ASTM D4065     Dynamic Mechanical Properties
ASTM D4812     Unnotched Cantilever Beam Impact Strength of Plastics
ASTM D6109     Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastic Lumber
ASTM D6110     Determining the Charpy Impact Resistance of Notched Specimens of Plastics


ASTM C273     Shear Properties of Sandwich Core Materials
ASTM D7032     
Performance Ratings for Wood-Plastic Composite Deck Boards and Guardrail Systems (Guards or Handrails)
ASTM D8019     Standard Test Methods for Determining the Full Section Flexural Modulus and Bending Strength of Fiber Reinforced Polymer Cross Arms Assembled with Center Mount Brackets
ASTM E72 (Sec. 11 only)     
 Conducting Strength Tests of Panels for Building Construction
ASTM E564     
Static Load Test for Shear Resistance of Framed Walls for Buildings
ASTM E2126     
Cyclic (Reversed) Load Test for Shear Resistance of Vertical Elements of the Lateral Force Resisting Systems for Buildings
IEC TS 61400-23     Wind turbine generator systems – part 23: full-scale structural testing of rotor blades

Wood Products

ANSI Standard A190.1     Standard for Wood Products- Structural Glued Laminated Timber
ANSI/APA PRG 320     
Standard for Performance-Rated Cross-Laminated Timber (Except Section 6.3)
AITC Test T107    Shear Test
AITC Test T110     Cyclic Delamination Test
AITC Test T119     Full Size End Joint Tension Test
ASTM D143     
Testing Small Clear Specimens of Timber
ASTM D198     Static Tests of Lumber in Structural Sizes
ASTM D245     Structural Grades and Related Allowable Properties for Visually Graded Lumber
ASTM D1037     Evaluating Properties of Wood-Base Fiber and Particle Panel Materials
ASTM D1990     Standard Practice for Establishing Allowable Properties for Visually-graded Dimension Lumber from In-grade Tests of Full-size Specimens
ASTM D2395     Specific Gravity of Wood and Wood-Based Materials
ASTM D2555     Establishing Clear Wood Strength Values
ASTM D3737     Establishing Allowable Properties for Structural Glued Laminated Timber (Glulam)
ASTM D4442     Direct Moisture Content Measurement of Wood and Wood-Base Material
ASTM D4761     Mechanical Properties of Lumber and Wood-Base Structural Material
ASTM D4933     Moisture Conditioning of Wood and Wood-Base Materials
ASTM D5456     Evaluation of Structural Composite Lumber Products
ASTM D6815     Duration of Load and Creep Effects of Wood and Wood-Based Products
BS EN 408  Timber structures – structural timber and glued laminated timber – determination of some physical and mechanical properties