Testing

We offer a mechanical testing service of your component with our independent UKAS approved supplier.

Mechanical testing is performed to determine whether a material is suitable for its final application, for quality control or in research and development to predict how a material will react under other types of forces. This is achieved by measuring properties such as Young’s Modulus, tensile strength, yield strength, elongation, reduction in area, hardness and impact resistance.

Tensile testing involves subjecting a sample to a controlled load until failure - i.e. putting it under tension. Their laboratory has the capability of carrying out ambient and elevated tests up to 600°C.

Hardness testing is defined as the resistance of the material to deformation. They offer several different types of hardness test, including Rockwell, Brinell, Vickers and microhardness testing.

Impact testing measures the energy absorbed when a sample is fractured at high velocity. Our impact testing services consist of the Charpy test method to both ASTM and BS Standards, and the Izod method BS 131-1.

Charpy impact tests can be carried out at temperatures ranging from -196°C to ambient, using the notch configurations V-Notch & U-Notch. They also carry out impact testing of sub size specimens down to 2.5mm size.

Izod impact testing is tested at ambient temperature and the sample is impacted in a vertical orientation.

 

The team of qualified and experienced metallurgists we use provides a wide range of Metallography activities.

Why carry out Metallography?

Metallography is the study of materials' microstructure. Analysis of a material's microstructure helps to establish if the material has been processed correctly and is a critical step in determining product reliability and/or for understanding why a material failed.

How is Metallography carried out?

The basic steps for correct metallographic specimen preparation include grinding, polishing and etching to reveal the structure of the specimen.

What Happens Next?

Metallographic and materialographic specimen preparation seeks to find the true structure of the material. The data report of their findings will then be sent to you.

If you did not want the expense of a using a third party for testing, we can supply you with the metal analysis data sheet direct from the material used to produce your products free of charge.

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