Mechanical Fatigue Testing Services

Our Mechanical Fatigue Testing Services Laboratories utilize cyclic loading (HCF-LCF) to predict the life of materials under fluctuating loads and temperatures. Determining fatigue life can support research and development efforts for new materials as well as prevent failures and recalls when used to ensure material properties. Understanding a material fatigue life is critical in the markets we serve, a wide range of industries, such as Aerospace Materials and Medical Device Testing, to ensure safety and reliability as well as determine the longevity of a part or product.  

Fatigue testing methods help manufacturers evaluate and validate the characteristics of candidate materials. We have various frames designed to handle a wide range of loads and samples.To find out more about IMR's fatigue testing capabilities, request a quote, or click on the button below.

What Types of Materials Can Be Fatigue Tested?

•Metals  •Finished Products •Composites  •Polymers  •Coatings  •Non-Metallic/Metal Hybrids

Fatigue Testing Variables

Mechanical fatigue testing services ensure materials are tested properly with several variables to be considered.  At IMR Test Labs we can assess the variables and apply them to our testing procedures in order to ensure an accurate and thorough analysis of the materials. 

  • Static Load vs. Oscillating Forces
  • Behaviors and Scenarios of real-world use
  • Temperature Exposure - Ambient vs. Thermal
  • Fatigue Type - Compression / Tension / Bending 

Mechanical Fatigue Testing Methods



Axial testing methods help characterize mechanical properties of materials, both in static and dynamic conditions. The fatigue resistance measurement of materials subjected to direct stress for relatively large numbers of cycles  measures material characteristics  of axial  loading profiles.



High-temperature fatigue testing analyzes materials engineered to perform in a wide range of temperature operating environments. Various alloys and composites are used in both aerospace and power generation applications, while  experiencing operation environments with extreme temperatures.



The Rotating Beam test system uses a motor to rotate a shaft or a test specimen around its longitudinal axis. The specimen may be mounted either as a simply supported beam or as a cantilever. The resulting bending movement induces alternating tensile and compressive stresses of equal magnitude.



Shear Fatigue testing is performed on modern orthopedic and implant devices, which often incorporate porous coatings designed to promote bone infiltration for proper fixation of the implant. These critical coatings are subjected to shear stresses in normal use and the coating must not shear off under stresses.


Abrasion (Taber)
Adhesion (Peel) Testing
Bend Testing
Bond Strength Testing 
Charpy Impact Testing  (-320°F  to 450°F) 
Climbing Drum Adhesion of Sandwich Composites
Coating Adhesion
Coating Shear Fatigue
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion by TMA
Composite Testing (Fiber Reinforced)
Compression Set
Compressive Properties
Core Shear Properties of Sandwich Construction by Beam Flexure
Creep and Stress Rupture Testing
DMA (Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer)
Elastic Modulus
Fatigue Testing
Filled Hole Tension & Compression
Flat-wise Tensile Testing
Flexural Properties
Floating Roller Peel Strength
Fracture Mechanics
Gel Time
Hardness (Rockwell, Brinell, Durometer, Shore, Barcol, Knoop, Vickers, Macro Vickers)
Heat Aging
Heat Deflection by TMA
Heat Treatment (furnace to 2100°F)
Hydrogen Embrittlement
Hydrostatic Pressure
Indentation Toughness
Interlaminar Shear
Jominy Hardenability

Lap Shear Testing
Machining & Specimen Preparation
Modulus of Rupture (MOR)
n-Value (Strain Hardening Exponent)
Open Hole Tension and Compression
Pipeline Integrity Testing
r-Value (Plastic Strain Ratio)
Residual Strength of Composites After Impact
Rotating Beam Fatigue 
Shear Testing of Rivets to ASTM B565, Single/Double
Short Beam Strength
Shot Peen Qualification
Single-Edged Notched beams (SENB)
Slow Strain Rate (G129)
Specimen Conditioning
Strain Gaging
Surface Roughness (ANSI/ASME B46.1)
T Peel Strength
Tear Resistance of Films & Sheeting
Tear - Rubbers & Elastomers
Tensile Testing
Torsional and Axial Fatigue (200 lb)
Tube Testing (Tensile, Flare, Hydrostatic)
Welder & Procedure Qualification
Wire/Spring Testing (Wrap, Coil, Bend)
Young's, Tangent and Chord Modulus (Room Temperature)


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Mechanical Fatigue Testing FAQ's

Q) How long does Mechanical Fatigue Testing take? 

A) The time it takes to perform a Mechanical Fatigue test can vary however in most instances the test can be completed in 3 days to a week (longer times required for more complex, multi-departmental testing requests).  

Q) What kind of fatigue testing is performed on my materials? 

A) The type Mechanical Fatigue Test that is performed on your materials is determined by the assessment of several factors, including the application of use, the environmental exposures and estimated life expectancy of the material.

Q) Can fatigue testing be done at all of your facility locations? 

A) Mechanical Fatigue Testing can be performed at our Ithaca, NY and Suzhou, China locations.  See a complete list of IMR Test Labs Locations and their service offerings.

Q) Can IMR test to ASTM Mechanical Fatigue Testing standards?

A) There are a myriad of ASTM testing methods that IMR performs. Contact us with your testing needs at 888-464-8422 to talk with our experts or contact us by email.

Q) How much does Mechanical Fatigue Testing cost? 

A) The price of Mechanical Fatigue Testing can vary depending on several factors.  There are discounts available for long-term testing arrangements, and premiums charged for expedited testing. For more information, you can reach a testing expert at 888-464-8422 or request a quote

Q) What type of analysis report is provided after a Fatigue Test? 

A) A thorough detail of the data generated by testing, graphs and pictures where required, and analysis of the failure mechanism. Click here for a sample Mechanical Failure Analysis Report PDF

Q) How accurate are Mechanical Fatigue Testing results?

A) IMR Test Labs provides highly accurate results that are cross-checked and approved prior to submission to the customer.