Mechanical testing services perform material and product testing that are aimed at determining structural integrity. Businesses offer these services to reveal the elastic behavior of materials when a force is applied. Common material tests include:

  • Hardness testing to measure how resistant materials are to permanent shape change.
  • Tensile testing to determine uniaxial tension thresholds.
  • Torque testing to determine rotation about an axis.
  • Fatigue testing to determine the fail point of materials subject to dynamic loading.
  • Charpy impact testing which assigns a value to the energy absorbed by the material during fracture.
  • Bend testing strains the material over a given radius.
  • Proof load testing the load a material withstands before deformation.
  • Shear testing tests a material's resistance to sliding/cutting forces.

Many other mechanical tests can be conducted on materials. Based on these results, design engineers conclude whether a material/design is correct for the intended application. Businesses may offer technical testing services on a contracted or retained basis. The location of the testing service should be considered.

Selecting mechanical testing services

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