IMR's Mechanical Testing Lab offers a wide range of testing methods to evaluate metals, polymers, composites and finished products. Whether you need routine tensile testing or a more complex multi-stage fatigue program, we are equipped to provide the right answers, on time. Most testing is completed in three days or less for routine tensile, hardness and Charpy impact testing. More complex tests like hydrogen embrittlement, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and weld testing are handled in a timely manner, complete with thorough analyses.
Our fatigue testing frames allow us to simulate various use environments in high and low cycle mode. These frames also enable us to perform fracture toughness and crack growth experiments. With capacities to run comprehensive test plans that include non-ambient temperatures from -320°F to 1800°F, we can perform HCF (High Cycle Fatigue) and LCF (Low Cycle Fatigue) testing and analysis of hot section gas turbine components and other high temperature applications.
We've expanded our thermo-mechanical testing capabilities with the addition of several high-temperature fatigue testing frames, with the capability of replicating operating environments up to 1800°F. This enables us to do very accurate LCF (Low Cycle Fatigue) materials testing and analysis for the aerospace, ground transportation and power generation industries.
We offer analysis of metals, fiber-reinforced composites, coatings and polymer materials. Mechanical testing of non-metallics is available at the Ithaca, NY lab only. Click on one of the mechanical testing images below for more information about these testing methods.
Fracture toughness calculates the relationship between applied loading, environmental factors, the presence of cracks, and crack-like defects.
Impact testing provides information on the material's ductility, as well as the temperature-dependent ductile-brittle transition.
Hardness testing is a basic test used to verify raw materials that fail or aren't performing as expected.
Bond pull testing accurately measures bond strength, as well as evaluating bond strength distributions.
Companies have turned to IMR for engineering and R & D support to relieve their engineering groups from running tedious test programs.
Welder certification and weld evaluation to the AWS, European Directive, and ASME standards.