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Energy & Industry Division
Industrial and environmental inspection, vendor inspection, technical assistance, non-destructive testing (NDT) and technical staffing for all type of industries.
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Laboratories Division
Multidisciplinary laboratories.Testing and engineering for product development. Conformity testing and product certification. SYSTEMS CERTIFICATION.
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Automotive Division
Statutory vehicle inspection services and emission & gas testing solutions worldwide.
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IDIADA Division
Design, engineering, testing and homologation services for the automotive industry worldwide.
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Materials Testing

A NETWORK OF MATERIALS TESTING LABORATORIES

Applus+ has a network of materials testing laboratories spread across Europe, China and the United States. These laboratories offer advanced characterisation testing in order to assess the mechanical, physical and chemical properties of materials as well as the quality control of materials and processes.

MATERIALS EXPERTS FOR DIVERSE INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS

Our expertise in this field means that we can play a role in the whole product life cycle, including the development, manufacturing and in-service phases. We work with wide-ranging industries including aerospace, automotive, rail, maritime, 3D printing, oil and gas, construction, machinery and electrical and electronic products. We are experts in testing a multitude of materials, including the following:
 
 

ACCREDITED LABORATORIES 

Applus+ has a network of ISO 17025-accredited materials laboratories, offering a wide scope of accredited mechanical, physical and thermal tests. (You can access the full list of accreditations here.)
We specialise in high-complexity tests (R curve, G1c, crack growth, high load coupons testing, etc.) for materials characterisation requiring high levels of technical know-how in terms of both executing the tests and interpreting the results.

NADCAP ACCREDITATION AND CLIENT APPROVALS FOR TESTING OF AEROSPACE MATERIALS

Our materials laboratories have also been accredited by Nadcap and approved by the primary aerospace manufacturers. These recognitions mean that we can work directly for these manufacturers as well as for their suppliers.
  • Accredited by Nadcap for the testing of metallic and non-metallic materials, non-destructive testing, panel manufacture, sample manufacture and sample machining
  • Recognised by the Airbus group
  • Recognised by Safran
  • Recognised by Honeywell
  • Recognised by Comac

MATERIALS TESTING CAPABILITIES

Our testing capabilities include:
  • Manufacture and preparation of test samples
  • Static and dynamic mechanical tests (at temperatures ranging from -196º to +1200ºC)
  • Metallographic and fractographic analysis
  • Hardness tests (Shore, Vickers, Rockwell, Brinell)
  • Chemical analysis (OES and XRF)
  • Physical and thermal tests (DSC, DMA, TGA, FV, etc.)
  • Non-destructive tests
  • Corrosion and ageing tests

A COMPREHENSIVE MATERIALS TESTING SERVICE

Support in the development and engineering phases:
  • Materials characterisation
  • Development of test plans
  • Qualification of materials and products
Production and process quality control:
  • Incoming inspection and extension of lifespan
  • Process quality control
  • Release tests
  • First part qualification (FPQ)
  • Witness tests to qualify production processes
  • Automatic and manual NDT inspections of components
On-site testing:
  • NDT: UT, PAUT, VT, PT, MT, ET, etc.
  • Hardness and metallographic tests (replicas)
  • Spectrometry for positive material identification (PMI)
  • On-site sample inspection and collection
  • Detailed case studies (manufacture, installation, certification, operation, maintenance, repair, etc.)
  • Analysis of samples and reproduction of failures in controlled laboratory conditions

FROM COUPONS TO LARGE COMPONENTS

Applus+ Laboratories boasts a network of structural testing laboratories for testing the real behaviour of materials at a range of levels: from the materials characterisation of small test samples or coupons through to the mechanical testing of large components and subcomponents with a view to assessing their structural resistance.
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