TESTING DEPARTMENT

MECHANICAL TESTING

Mechanical Testing reveals the properties of a material under dynamic or static force. Designed to ensure that materials are suitable for their intended applications, mechanical testing includes methods such as tensile strength and elongation, compression strength, impact resistance, fracture toughness, stress rupture, fatigue limits, hardness, and more. 

Element has a full range of mechanical testing services, for both metals and non-metals. We have extensive experience testing materials and components for aerospace, biomedical, commercial, construction, oil and gas, telecommunications, medical device, and other industries. Our state-of-the-art mechanical testing labs are located across the US and Europe, so we are ready to assist with projects around the globe.

Abrasion and Wear Testing

Abrasion Testing is performed to determine how materials will perform under sustained friction. Solid materials like metals, composites, ceramics and thick coatings are ranked based on their resistance to scratching under a specific set of conditions. Abrasion testing is generally performed to assist in material selection, ensure that materials are fit for purpose, or qualify parts to specific standards.

SOME OF THE ABRASION TESTING METHODS WE OFFER INCLUDE:

  • Taber Abrasion
  • RCA Abrasion
  • Solder Abrasion (Pencil Method)
  • Rubber Wheel Abrasion
  • Wyzenbeek Abrasion
  • Martindale Abrasion
  • Falling Sand Abrasion

Wear Testing is performed when real-life conditions, such as temperature, fluids and direction of wear, must be replicated as closely as possible. Element can assist in setting up custom wear projects that can provide accurate predictions about how materials will react in use. In addition to testing metals, plastics and ceramics, Element also performs wear testing on medical devices and small components. 

SOME OF OUR WEAR TESTING METHODS INCLUDE:

  • Pin-on-disc wear testing
  • Block-on-ring wear testing
  • Blade-on-block wear testing

 

Bend Testing

Bend Testing is used to determine the ductility or strength of a material by flexing it over a given radius. It is particularly useful for components and materials that will are subject to folding or flexing, such as fasteners and welds. Element uses bend testing to ensure that metals, plastics, ceramics and more are fit for purpose in their intended applications. 

SOME OF THE BEND TESTING METHODS WE FREQUENTLY OFFER INCLUDE:

  • API 1104
  • ASME Section IX
  • ASTM A370
  • ASTM E190
  • ASTM E290
  • AWS D1.1
  • BS 4449
  • ISO 5173
  • ISO 7438

Hardness Testing

Due to its versatility and fast turn-around times, hardness testing is one of the most popular mechanical test methods we perform. Used in materials selection, lot verification testing, material processing, and more, hardness testing can be performed on multiple material types.

Element performs hardness testing to a wide range of scales, and is one of the only commercial labs in the world to offer hot hardness testing. Our hardness methods include:

  • Barcol hardness
  • Brinell hardness
  • Durometer (shore) hardness
  • Film hardness (pencil method)
  • Hot hardness 
  • Knoop hardness
  • Leeb hardness
  • Mohs hardness
  • Rockwell hardness
  • Vickers hardness
  • Ultrasonic contact impedance hardness

 

Tensile Testing

One of the most popular methods for almost every material testing program, tensile testing is a method that applies tension on a material until failure. A single tensile test can provide a variety of material properties, including yield, elongation, ultimate tensile strength (UTS), Poisson’s ratio, and more.

Element can perform tensile testing at ambient, elevated and sub-ambient temperatures on metals, plastics, rubbers and more. Some of the many methods we offer include:

  • ASTM A370
  • ASTM A615
  • ASTM C297
  • ASTM D3039
  • ASTM E21
  • ASTM E345
  • ASTM E517
  • ASTM E646
  • ASTM E8
  • ASTM F606
  • ISO 6892
  • ISO 898
  • NASM 1312
  • SAE J1216
  • SAE J429

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