Aerospace Materials Testing

In few industries is reliability more emphasized. The risk associated with the failure of key components is beyond measure.  Verifying raw materials, analyzing failures and thoroughly testing new products are critical to maintaining a strong safety record.  Aerospace engineers are constantly striving to increase strength while lessening weight in structural materials, engines and systems.  Our dedicated team of metallurgists, chemists, mechanical engineers and lab personnel are working with the world's biggest and most innnovative aerospace OEM's and Tier 1 suppliers from late stage Research & Development to final production. 

As a Nadcap approved laboratory, IMR maintains a strict quality system with tight control of all aspects of testing from sample tracking and data management to calibration and test methodology. We also carry accreditations from A2LA/SAC (ISO 17025), GE, Pratt & Whitney and our labs are ITAR registered.

IMR provides analytical services designed to support both the quality control efforts as well as the materials and product engineering efforts of many suppliers. IMR also provides overflow testing for many internal labs. These include elemental and chemical analysis, mechanical testing, fatigue testing, plating & coating evaluations, failure analysis, corrosion testing and much more. 

We have extensive experience with reciprocating and turbine engine components and materials, airframe materials (including sealants), and thermal spray coatings.  We've recently expanded our testing capacity for high temperature fatigue analysis, replicating operating conditions up to 2200°F.  We are knowledgeable about many exotic and specialty alloys and how to prepare them for analysis.

To learn more about our capabilities, check out our resources below, or request a quote today!



Analytical Services for the Aerospace Industry


Case Depth
Coatings Evaluations
Coating Thickness
Fracture Mechanics
Grain Size Analysis
Inclusion Rating
Intergranular Attack
Machining Evaluations
Microhardness (Knoop, Vickers, Macro Vickers)
Metallography of Coatings  
Oxide Content
Particle Analysis 
Plating & Coating Evaluation 
Powder Morphology
Void Content


Polymer & Composite Failure Analysis 
Metallurgical Corrosion Evaluation
Root Cause Analysis

Corrosion Testing

Accelerated Weathering
Cyclic Corrosion Testing
Erosion Testing
Salt Spray Testing
Wear Testing


Alloy Verification
Cleanliness Testing
ICP-AES, OES or XRF Elemental Analysis
ICP-MS Analysis of Trace Elements
Microtrac Particle Size
PMI Testing
Powder Chemistry
RoHS Testing


Compound Morphology 
Crystal Structure 
Identification of Unknown Powders 
Phase Identification 
Powder Diffraction


Bond Strength 
Coating Adhesion
Erosion Testing
Flexural Properties
Hardness Testing (Brinell, Rockwell)
Hydrogen Embrittlement 
Impact Testing 
Creep & Stress Rupture
Tensile Testing
Taber Abrasion Testing
Weld Examination


Axial Fatigue
Coating Shear Fatigue
Fracture Mechanics
High Temperature
Low/High Cycle Fatigue
Rotating Beam Fatigue (Reverse Bending)



Chemical Exposure Testing
Chemical Resistance
Contaminant Analysis
DSC Analysis (Melting Point, Glass Transition, % Crystallinity)
FTIR Analytis
GC/MS Analysis
Material Identification
Nonmetallic Failure Analysis


Coefficient of Thermal Expansion by TMA
Compressive Properties
Hardness (Rockwell, Durometer, Shore, Barcol)
Heat Aging
Impact Testing
Lap Shear Testing
Tensile Testing