Oil & Gas Industry Testing

Exploration, extraction, refining and transporting oil and gas products is vital to keeping our industrialized world running. The process for finding and extracting oil and getting it refined and to market consists of extensive infrastructure. In recent years we've seen that the cost of failure of parts and materials can be catastrophic not just financially, but also to the local ecosystems where these disasters occur.

IMR Test Labs have the expert staff and knowledge to provide material verification and R&D testing for metals, nonmetallics, ceramics, coatings and contaminants. We have earned a wide range of accreditations and our quality system has passed some of the most stringent audits.  All of our labs operate under the same strict quality system to ensure that the results you get are accurate as well as fast.

We have extensive experience working with the high-performance materials used in oil & gas production. We offer a variety of chemical analysis, metallurgical testing, mechanical testing and corrosion testing services. In the event of failure, we offer root cause determination and solutions to prevent recurrence.

IMR's corrosion experts can identify corrodents and other variables that are responsible for corrosion attack. We have a history of addressing complicated corrosion issues, including stress corrosion cracking, dezincification, pitting corrosion and many other mechanisms.  

The potential for dramatic and costly pipeline failures continues to be a top concern for regulatory agencies, pipeline operators and energy providers.  In 2017, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a final rule that mandates several preventative and documentation processes designed to standardize the measurement, testing and assessment of pipeline inspection procedures.

IMR Test Labs-Louisville is a well-equipped and experienced pipeline materials testing center.  We've helped several regional, national and international petro-chemical production and transmission companies answer questions specifically related to pipeline material properties.  IMR has the mechanical, chemistry and metallurgical expertise to help operators apply the test data to decisions about future pipeline maintenance plans.  Our clear, concise reports contain the critical analyses to insure compliance with 49CFR, Part 192- the requirement that operators have full knowledge of assets operating in High Consequence Areas (HCA).

For more information on testing your pipeline assets to be in compliance with the PHMSA, click here.

Our facilities provide extensive coatings evaluation services including adhesion, coating shear fatigue, corrosion simulation and metallurgical evaluations.  With AWS CWI's at all US locations we can provide weld qualification and testing packages to meet your needs.

Learn more about our analytical services for the oil & gas industry below, or request a quote today.

Analytical Services for the Oil & Gas Industry

Metallurgical Analysis

Case Depth
Certified Weld Inspections
Grain Size
Heat Treat Analysis
Inclusion Rating
Intergranular Attack
Intergranular Oxidation
Microhardness Testing (Knoop, Vickers, Macro Vickers)
Microscopy (SEM, Macro, Micro)
Particle Analysis
Plating & Coating Analysis
Plating Thickness
Quantitative Image Analysis
SEM Analysis
Surface Topography
Thermal Spray Coating Evaluations
Weld Qualifications

Failure Analysis

Contaminant Identification
Corrosion Failure
Fixed and Rotating Equipment Failure
Nonmetallic Failure Analysis
Root Cause Determination
Structural Failures


Accelerated Weathering
Chemical Exposure Testing 
Chemical Resistance Testing 
Cyclic Corrosion 
Electrochemical Corrosion Simulation 
Environmentally Assisted Cracking (EAC) 
Heat & Fluid Aging 
Mercurous Nitrate Testing 
Salt Spray Testing 
SO 2 Exposure 
SO 2/CO2 Exposure 
Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) 
Temperature & Humidity Cycling

Mechanical Testing

3 & 4 Point Bend Testing (including wraparound)
Charpy Impact Testing
Coating Shear Fatigue
Creep & Stress Rupture Testing
Fatigue Testing
Fracture Mechanics
Hardness (Brinell, Rockwell, Barcol, Durometer, Shore)
Hydrogen Embrittlement
Rotating Beam Fatigue 
Slow Strain Rate Testing (G129)
Tensile Testing
Torsion Testing
Weld Inspection/Testing


Alloy Chemistry 
Contaminant/Corrodent Identification 
Corrosion Product Analysis 
DSC Analysis 
FTIR Analysis 
GC/MS Analysis 
Hazardous Substances 
Heavy Metal Impurities 
ICP-AES Analysis 
ICP-MS Trace Element Analysis 
Ionic Contamination 
Internal Cleanliness 
Metallic Material Verification 
N, O, C, S, H 
OES Analysis 
On-Site Positive Material Identification (PMI) 
Polymeric Material Identification 
Rare Earth Elements 
RoHS Testing 
Surface Cleanliness 
TGA Analysis 
Trace Element Analysis 
XRD Analysis
XRF Analysis