This lab focuses on the fundamental properties and characteristics of materials. Forensic analysis of polymers, metals, and composites gives the ability to better understand failures before they become much larger problems. Standard and customized tests are conducted to determine density, thermal properties, tensile strength, compression, mechanical properties, and other characteristics. Advanced equipment such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is used for microstructural examinations and chemical composition determination. A temperature- and humidity-controlled room conditions specimens to ASTM specifications prior to testing. This laboratory is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) in compliance with ISO/IEC 17025 on certificate 2139-01.