Materials Testing of Metals

Materials testing of metals is designed to measure the quality and performance of both raw materials and product samples. Metals and alloys are tested for compliance with industry standards, product specifications and against manufacturers’ or other clients’ own requirements. The range of tests available can inform key business decisions such as which metals to use for specific purposes; how metals will react under normal or expected use; and whether a chosen metal is likely to be affected by manufacturing processes. Types of metals testing include physical and chemical analysis, metallurgical analysis, mechanical and corrosion testing. The testing may be destructive (where the sample is dismantled and destroyed in the process) or non-destructive (where an operational part is still available for use afterwards). As well as predicting performance, metals materials testing can be used for failure analysis, to determine the reasons for product failures. Materials testing of metals is of use to research and development, operators and manufacturers across any industry that uses metals in its products, including the construction, automotive and aerospace industries.

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  1. Chemical Analysis of Metals
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    Chemical analysis of metals is used to determine the composition of metals and/ or alloys. This is useful for quality assurance purposes or to ensure that product parts are fit for purpose. Failure analysis and reverse engineering help determine why a component part failed in operation and the composition of an individual part for reproduction.

  2. Component Failure Analysis
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    Component failure analysis seeks the reasons for failure of one or more component parts of manufacturing or engineering equipment. A series of tests can be undertaken on-site to establish whether the fault is machine-based, a result of the operating environment or human error; and allows for preventative or remedial action to be taken.

  3. Impact, Tensile and Hardness Testing of Metals
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    Impact, tensile and hardness testing of metals is vital for any manufacturing process relying on metals for the functionality of its products. These tests establish whether a metal is tough, strong and hard enough to withstand the pressures it will be subjected to when employed by the end user. It also ensures compliance with industry and regulatory safety standards.

  4. Microscopy analysis of metals
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    Microscopy analysis of metals can be used to establish the quality and integrity of alloys and metals used in fabrication and engineering. Understanding a metal’s properties can assist in selecting the right material in design or troubleshooting after a product failure. Optical and scanning electron microscopy are two key tools in this process.

  5. Positive Material Identification
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    Positive material identification or PMI testing is the process of analysing the chemical composition of alloys used in processing plants or manufacturing, for instance. Understanding the properties of alloys before and during use allows industry to select the right material for each phase of operation. This can help ensure safety and quality of the component while in use.

  6. Ultrasonic thickness measurement
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    Ultrasonic thickness measurement (UTM) is a versatile non-destructive test which allows the measurement of the thickness of a metal or other material on-site, from one side of sample and through coatings. It can therefore quickly and accurately determine the safety of the material or whether repair or replacement is needed, for example.

  7. Other
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