National Physical Laboratory


Mechanical test specimens
Mechanical test specimens

NPL has extensive facilities and expertise for characterising the mechanical properties of materials. The current capability ranges from conventional test methods carried out according to ISO standards and customer specifications, to unique, bespoke equipment for evaluating the properties and performance of complex material systems and components.

Work is focused on developing advanced test methods for characterising the mechanical performance of a diverse range of material types including metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, coatings, adhesives, biological structures, textiles and even food products, under controlled laboratory conditions and environments, and a range of length scales, from miniaturised to large-scale testing.

Mechanical Measurement research


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