When evaluating materials, it is essential to determine their mechanical-technological properties. With numerous test facilities, we conduct quasi-static, dynamic and cyclical tests.
All of the tests we conduct are carried out according to applicable regulations!
We determine the strength characteristics
Our equipment includes five universal testing machines (servo-hydraulic).
- Load ranges: 2 kN to 1600 kN
- Temperature ranges: -80 °C ≤ T ≤ 900 °C
- Component tests: min. 350 mm, Do, max. 50 mm
- Test standards: ISO 6892, ASTM A 370 (ASTM E23), ASTM E21 as well as ASTM E9 and DIN EN ISO 50106 in compression tests.
We determine the notch toughness
- Energy: 300 J, 600 J and 750 J
- Temperature ranges: -196° C ≤ T ≤ 350° C
- Automatic evaluation of the force-displacement curve and characteristic force and deflection values
- Test standards: DIN EN ISO 14556, DIN EN ISO 148, ASTM A 370, ASTM E23 and ASTM E 2248
Battelle drop weight tear test (BDWT test) for analyzing plate/sheet and pipe material’s susceptibility to brittle fracture.
- Drop energy: up to 105 kJ
- Drop height: up to 3.8 m
- Specimen thickness: up to 50 mm
- Possible recording of force-displacement curves for energy determination
- With our high-speed camera, fracture behavior can be observed precisely
- Test standards: API RP 5L3 and DIN EN 10274
... accoring to Vickers, Brinell and Rockwell C
- HV1, HV5, HV10, HV30
- Test standard: DIN EN ISO 6507
- Test standard: DIN EN ISO 6508
- HBW 2,5/187,5
- Test standard: DIN EN ISO 6506
Equotip (mobile hardness test)
Cost-effective material characterization ...
... of pipe specimens, components and welds at high frequency (up to 160 Hz, depending on shape and stiffness of specimens).
... with our Gleeble 3500 hot forming simulator
Versatile methods for testing tensile and compression strength at elevated temperatures.
- Temperature range: Room temperature to 1,600 °C
- Heating rate (conductive): up to 10,000 °C/s
- Load range: +/- 50 kN
- Forming velocity: up to 1 m/s
- Atmosphere: Air, argon, vacuum
What we can do for you:
- Prepare hot flow curves
- Simulate continuous casting, hot rolling, welding and forging processes
- Perform hot tensile tests – also from the molten phase
- Perform crush tests
- Perform heat treatment (temperature profiles)
- Measure thermo-mechanical fatigue
- Analyze susceptibility to hot cracking
Testing with a twist!
We conduct torsions tests on specimens of up to 1.5 meters in length and up to 60 mm in diameter.
- Servo-hydraulic angular encoder
- Clamping length: up to 1,500 mm
- Torque: up to 4,500 Nm
- Frequency: up to 10 Hz
- Standard: DIN 50100
- CTOD, J-Integral, K
- Standard specimen shapes: SENT, SENB, CT
- Applied numerical methods: Crackwise, Abaqus
- Standards/specifications: British Standard, ASTM, DNV, ISO – others available on request
- Test ranges: 3 kN – 630 kN; -150 °C – +80 °C
- Ring flaring and burst tests
Analysis and presentation of forming behavior
We conduct standardized tests up to and including practical testing of components under realistic conditions, e.g.
- Tensile test
- Forming limit diagram according to DIN EN ISO 12004-2
- Erichsen deep draw test
- Cupping test
- Three-point bending test
- Edge crack sensitivity test, e.g. hole expanding test according to ISO 16630
We analyze fatigue strength in elastic-plastic cyclic deformation, whereby the size of the residual strains serves as a measure of the material damage. We do this with a strain-controlled Wöhler fatigue test.
As failure criterion, the number of cycles NA at crack formation is used in lieu of the number of cycles to failure NB. This test supplies the characteristic values of the material for the local calculation concept in the service life calculation of components.
With strain rate-dependent tensile tests, mechanical-technological properties such as strain limit, tensile strength and elastic modulus are characterized using stress-strain curves at different loading speeds. The measured values are recorded locally on the specimen by means of glued-on strain gages for precise force measurement as well as by an optical displacement measurement system for exact deformation measurement.
We are the experts!
For the reliable evaluation of materials, we conduct creep tests with run times of up to 100,000 hours or more. The test results serve as a basis for the qualification of steel products, the analysis of the remaining service life of components in existing power stations and chemical plants, and the standardization of creep-resistant steels. We test materials in the as-delivered condition as well as components after having been subjected to operating loads. Along with the testing of rolled, forged and cast products, we also test welding filler materials and welds. In the analysis of creep results, we offer you scientific support.
Our testing facilities at a glance:
- 220 individual testing stations with test temperatures ranging from 400 °C to 950 °C
- Test load up to 40 kN
- Uninterrupted creep tests according to DIN EN ISO 204 in single-specimen ovens
- Continuous strain measurement for the determination of creep in materials
- Short and long-term testing with run times of up to 100,000 hours or more
- Creep tests under controlled water vapor atmosphere as well as under cyclical load and variable temperature control
- Accreditation according to DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025-2005