Mechanical Testing

Mechanical testing

Mechanical testing is used to determine whether a material, or a part, is suitable for its intended application by measuring properties such as hardness, tensile strength, stress rupture, elasticity and fracture toughness. The data captured is often used to inform the design process of equipment, as it provides the failure limits for structures or material.

Our comprehensive range of mechanical testing techniques can help you ensure that your equipment meets necessary safety and compliance objectives.

To complement our mechanical testing services, we can also certify welders and weld procedures to both European and American standards in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements.

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We offer an extensive range of mechanical tests, please click on the list below to find a simple explanation of each:

Hardness Testing

Measures how resistant solid matter is when a force is applied. The most common tests for hardness include the Vickers and Rockwell tests and also the Brinell, but this is less common.

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Tensile Testing

Also known as a Tension Test, it subjects the tested material to controlled tension until failure. The test aims to predict how a material will react to different forces and whether it is suitable for an application.

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Compression Testing

Used to determine the behaviour of materials under a compressive load. The test is conducted by applying compressive loads just beyond the yield strength of the tested material. They are usually continued until failure and measured at that point.

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Impact Testing

Measures the resistance to shock loading or impact by determining the amount of energy the tested product can absorb. There are two basic types of impact tests, the Pendulum Test and the Drop Weight Test.  A Charpy V-notch test (see below) and IZod are also impact tests.

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Fracture Toughness Testing

Measures the resistance of a material to brittle fracture.

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Fatigue Testing

Measures the failure of a material under a repeated loading below the yield strength by simulating the structural damages that occur during a cyclic loading.

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Creep Testing

Performed at elevated temperatures in order to measure the material’s continuing dimensional change while under time stressed load.

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Measures a material’s response to shear loading, with the aim of determining the maximum shear stress that the material can sustain before it ruptures. This test can be performed on rivets, bolts and other products.

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Charpy Impact Testing (Charpy V-Notch Test)

Determines the amount of energy absorbed by a material during fracture. The test helps identify whether a metal is brittle or ductile. This is especially suitable for ferritic steels with decreasing temperature

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Bend Testing

Determines the ductility of a material by bending it at a certain radius. The test can include everything from weld bend testing and raw materials bend testing to bolt bend testing.

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Proof Load Testing

Establishes the tension-applied load that a material needs to support without showing evidence of deformation. This test can be completed on nuts, components and bolts, and assembled products.

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