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Special & Polymer Testing

“Globally, 71 laboratories participated in ASTM Proficiency Test Program for Thermal Analysis of Plastics conducted in the month February 2010. From India, BTRA is the only laboratory participated in this program and its performance is within limits for all the participated tests viz. (i) ASTM D-3418-2008 & (ii) ASTM D-3850-94 (2006)"




BTRA can conduct the following tests to meet the exacting international standards”


The Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a premier textile research institute established in 1954 at Mumbai. BTRA has sophisticated instruments for testing various materials and caters to multiple testing needs of manufacturers & suppliers of plastics, polymers, adhesives, paints, resins, rubbers, etc. The details are as follows.

  • Thermal Analysis
    Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermogravimetry(TG), Thermomechanical Analyser (TMA)
  • Identification of products, determination of melting points, glass transition temperature, analysis of fillers, evaluation of thermal stability, degradation products, combustion products, thermal history, product purity an many more
  • Fourier Transform – Infra Red(FT-IR) Analysis
    Characterisation and identification of organic compounds, polymers, wetting agents, finishing agents, binders and many more.
  • X-ray Diffraction Studies
    Identification and characterization of various materials, based on the type of crystal and its x-ray diffraction pattern
  • CV-Visible Spectrophotometer
    Purity determination and other spectrophotometer analysis
  • Gel Permeation Chromatograph
    (GPC) For determination of average molecular weights and molecular weight distribution
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC)
    Analysis, identification & separation of different organic compounds
  • High Performance Thin Layer Chromatograph (HPTLC)
    Used for all the chromatographic studies & impurity profiles
  • Gas Chromatograph with Electron Capture Detector (GC-ECD)
    Almost all the halogenated organic compounds are analysed.
  • Gas Chromatograph with Mass Selective Detectors (GC-MSD)
    Analysis of organic compounds which are bolatile and up to 500 molecular weight
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer Heavy metals analysis
    Detection and quantification at ppm and ppb level
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
    Studies in surface characteristics and topography, parties structure and many more
  • Evaluation of Flame Retardancy
    Measurement of oxygen requirement for a sample to burn and comparative evaluation of FR agents and chemicals.
  • Static Charge Dissipation
    Evaluates static dissipation performance of plastic films, laminates, industrial fabrics etc. and suitable for performance comparison of antistatic agents.
  • Instron – 4240 (Universal Tensile Testing Machine)
    Studies in tensile, compression, bending, shear properties and cyclic testing
  • Spectrophotometer
    Colour measurement, colour matching and specification of colour.


The Director,
The Bombay Textile Research Association,
Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Ghatkopar (W),
Mumbai – 400 086
Tel. – 2500 3651 / Fax – 2500 0459