Materials Testing and Analytical Services

MATERIALS TESTING SERVICES

Materials testing services requires an in-depth understanding of the composition and characteristics of materials used for product and component fabrication.  IMR performs a wide variety of materials testing and analytical services, to determine the various key properties of candidate materials. We specialize in "destructive" materials testing services- in other words, we frequently expose testing samples to conditions, solutions, and stresses that are intended to break down their structure in order to make analyses more accurate.

Backed by ISO/IUEC 17025 accreditation, NADCAP certification, and GE S-400 certification across all of our testing locations, our teams around the world utilize state-of-the-art equipment to perform tests on virtually any material type.

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CHEMICAL TESTING AND ANALYSIS

Using XRF, OES, and ICP chemical analysis, we perform alloy determination and/or verification on nearly any alloyed material. In addition, our  quality management system controls chemical analysis testing to provide end-to-end material composition verification, from raw material through final finishing processes. Our chemical testing processes can also identify any contaminants discovered on testing materials or finished products. Learn more about Chemical Testing.

COATING EVALUATION

Because many industries – such as aerospace, medical devices, oil and gas, energy, and automotive – adhere to stringent standards driven by high performance requirements, engineers and designers in those fields employ unique coatings to increase part performance. We offer a complete line of testing services for all coatings, including platings, thermal sprays, medical-grade coatings, and more. Learn more about Coating Evaluations.

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CORROSION TESTING

Many applications require that processes such as coating, anodizing, or electroplating be performed to strict specifications for optimal corrosion resistance. Our corrosion testing lab screens all sample materials to ensure they will perform as anticipated in their intended applications, guaranteeing maximum service life and optimal resistance to potential weathering or eroding factors. Learn More about Corrosion Testing.

FAILURE ANALYSIS

Metals, polymers and composites, welds, coatings, other materials, and finished products are all subject to potentially catastrophic failure when exposed to particular chemicals, environmental factors, or mechanical stresses. IMR’s knowledgeable staff has extensive experience in determining failure modes across an incredibly diverse range of materials. Learn more about Failure Analysis.

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MECHANICAL TESTING

We offer an array of testing options to determine mechanical strengths and properties in a range of materials, including:

  • Tensile testing
  • Fatigue testing
  • Hardness and Charpy impact testing
  • Hydrogen embrittlement
  • Weld testing

Conducted as efficiently as possible, many of these services can be completed in as little as three days. Learn more about Mechanical Testing.

METALLURGICAL ANALYSIS

Using SEM, macro, and micro examinations, IMR can determine the precise microstructure of nearly every alloy. This type of testing reveals whether the material has the correct properties and durability required for the intended application. Learn more about Metallurgical Analysis.

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POLYMER- COMPOSITE- PLASTIC MATERIALS

As manufacturers continue to explore alternative material options, engineered non-metallic materials are becoming an increasingly popular choice. IMR Test Labs’ staff tests polymers, composites, and ceramics for mechanical strength, heat resistance, flame resistance, durability, ductility, and chemical resistance to illustrate how these materials compare to more traditional metal options. Learn more about Polymer Materials Testing.

NOT JUST DATA, KNOWLEDGE

Outstanding analytical testing goes beyond just gathering information. Test results must be interpreted by well-trained professionals who understand the real world implications of the data.

At IMR, we exemplify our motto of “not just data, knowledge” by staffing all of our facilities with highly educated engineers, chemists, and lab technicians who have extensive experience interpreting test results and what they mean for a particular application.

To learn more about IMR Test Labs and how our services can support your planning, design, and manufacturing processes, call us at 888-464-8422 or click to request a quote.