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Advanced engineering materials

Helping industry to accelerate the adoption of new and advanced materials 

How materials perform is critical to the success of new and updated products. Industry needs to be sure that new materials will function in the way they expect and that any traditional materials used in new ways will not fail in service, even in extreme conditions.

We have the capabilities, equipment and experience to provide customers with the most accurate and authoritative materials measurements in the UK. Our world experts in complementary disciplines are available to help clarify requirements, interpret results and solve problems for customers. We can provide detailed, independent analysis to accelerate development, increase both the performance and quality of products and identify the root cause for any failures in materials, products or structures.

As the UK's National Measurement Institute, you can be sure that everything we deliver will be trustworthy and impartial. We give businesses the increased confidence they need when evaluating and predicting the performance of their materials through the full life cycle.

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We offer a comprehensive suite of tests, analysis and consultancy support to help customers understand the processing and performance behaviour of materials through their full life cycle.

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Still struggling to work out what you need? We pride ourselves on giving sound technical advice to guide you. By combining expert advice, standard tests and bespoke consultancy, you can be confident in our approach.

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Training in composite materials standards and certification


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Calibrating innovative XPS instruments to boost sales


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Providing the confidence to use composites in new applications


A new series of technical webinars

We provide technical webinars on advanced materials characterisation which you can watch from your desk.
Find out about upcoming webinars or view past webinars.

Advanced engineering materials  webinars 

New Composites Standards & Certification training course

NPL presents a new two-day course aimed at those who wish to gain an understanding of the roles of composite materials standards and design codes and their use in the certification of composite structures. Register your interests today to join the course.

Composites Standards & Certification training

Mechanical Test Facility

Find out more about NPL’s Mechanical Test Facility for physical and virtual product assurance of advanced materials

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Find out more about our expertise in this area, and how we are creating impact from science and engineering.

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Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
Contact our Customer Services team on +44 20 8943 7070