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Metallic materials testing

Characterization of the behavior of metal materials for their optimum use in products and components.
Metal materials have a widespread use in industry. Therefore, characterizing their behavior allows us to optimize both their application as well as the actual component manufacturing processes and metal-metal and hybrid bonds.
The study of new or standard metal materials and the improvement of their features and applications is a competitive advantage for both, new products and existing products.
Applus+ has ISO 17025 accredited laboratories for testing metal materials. We have a team of experts in metals and bonds as well as their applications in leading industries such us aeronautics (Nadcap Accreditation), automotive, renewable energies, oil & gas or construction.
Our metal materials characterization and testing service covers:
  • Characterization and/or qualification plan design
  • Manufacturing of specimens, coupons and prototypes
  • Test piece design and manufacture
  • Test tool design and manufacture
  • Material behavior virtual simulations
  • Complementary NDT during destructive tests
  • Chemical and mechanical (static and dynamic) tests
  • Coatings tests
  • Aging and corrosion tests
  • Characterization of welding processes and welded joints
  • Fractography
  • Online and real time monitoring of the test: Applusetesting
  • Results evaluation
  • Helps decision making in the selection of materials and joints
  • Support in R&D+I programs
  • Manufacturing quality control
Our technical team performs standard tests (EN, ISO, ASTM, MIL-STD, among others.) or tests designed according to the client's specific regulations (AITM, SP, GD, DNV, API, among others) for any type of application.
We test both, standard materials and materials for advanced applications:
  • Steel and its alloys
  • Aluminum and its alloys
  • Nickel, titanium and super alloys
  • Standard welded joints
  • Components with advanced welding procedures
Our testing capabilities include:
  • Chemical tests
    • Elemental chemical microanalysis (EDX), ICP, IR-Ft Spectrometry, AA
    • Spectrochemical analysis
  • Mechanical tests under different temperature and humidity conditions
    • Traction
    • Compression
    • Flexion
    • Torsion
    • Combined efforts
    • Fracture toughness (KIC, CTOD, J-R)
    • Crack propagation (FGCP)
    • Impact
    • Plane, open, filled, tension and compression in hybrid joints
    • Bearing
    • Pull-Through
    • Fatigue (S-N, ε-N curves)
    • Fluence (creep, stress corrosion)
    • Charpy
    • Destructive testing for Welding Procedure Qualification (WPQ)
  • Fractography
    • Preparation and microscopic examination of metallographic samples
    • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • On-site testing
    • Material recertfication including replica (Oil & Gas)
  • Optimize the design of components with metal materials
  • Ensure the structural integrity and reliability of the components
  • Optimize the manufacturing process of components with metal materials
  • Predict the in-service behavior of metal materials
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