Our clients regularly contact the team at Materials & Testing Laboratories for advice and answers to metallurgical-related queries.

We are able to provide answers to some of these questions thanks to our mechanical laboratory (particularly with regard to tensile strength, hardness, macro examinations and impact tests). However, the breadth of questions within the field of metallurgy is wide-ranging and includes: materials selection, failure analysis, chemical analysis, microstructural examination, micro measurements, coatings weight, etc.

To provide a one-stop-shop to our clients for all their metallurgical enquiries, we work in close association with two well-established and respected companies: a metallurgical consultancy and a chemical analytical testing house.

Contact us to discuss your Metallurgical requirements. In combination with our partners, we will provide you with comprehensive answers.

Chemical composition analysis

Chemical composition analysis is conducted for a wide range of purposes from material identification and characterization to quality control monitoring.

The analysis provides valuable information about the elements of a test sample. Chemical composition analysis or elemental analysis can be qualitative (determining what elements are present), and it can be quantitative (determining how much of each are present).

It is used to verify conformance to a standard or specification, to evaluate of raw materials, detect impurities or identify alloys. It is typically carried out using an Optical Emission Spectrometer that provides computerized processing and reporting results.

Microstructural analysis

Microstructural analysis testing is used widely to evaluate products and materials.

Metals have a preferred microstructure obtained by a specified processing or heat treatment to achieve desired material properties. A  microstructural analysis can be performed to evaluate the microstructure in a metal alloy.

The observation is made at different magnifications depending on the observation to be made. The microstructure of a material allows to evaluate the state of supply and the possible presence of metallurgical defects.

Failure analysis

Failure analysis is a process by which a failed product is inspected to determine what caused it to fail. There are various methods that failure analysts use but all seek to determine the root cause of failure by looking at the characteristics and clues left behind.

It is useful to determine the root cause of failure. It’s beneficial to understand why a product failed. In the context of mechanical system failures, the failure analyst often uses visual inspection, microscopy, and various metallurgical tests (e.g. chemical analysis, hardness & tensile testing) to collect evidence.

It may allow to prevent similar product failures and improve future products.