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Advanced engineering materials

Mechanical testing services

A comprehensive range of tests

Our high-quality, bespoke mechanical testing and consultancy services provide customers with the confidence they need that the materials they use are durable and suitable for their intended purpose. 
We offer a wide range of standardised and non-standardised testing for a variety of different classes of materials (such as composites, polymers, metals, ceramics and adhesives). Each material type has a number of tests that best characterise its performance and durability. Further information is available in our good practice guides.

We have specialist knowledge on: 

Composites and polymers
Metals and ceramics
Materials characterisation
Durability and life prediction of materials
Thermal analysis
Failure analysis and investigation
Non-destructive testing
Properties for process modelling
Design and modelling

Tackling uncertainties in mechanical testing

Codes of practice for uncertainties in mechanical testing were developed within UNCERT, a project partly funded by the EC's Standards, Measurement and Testing programme. Its aim was to simplify the way in which uncertainties for 17 mechanical tests on metallic materials are evaluated. These are intended for all those interested in measurement and testing and particularly for practicing engineers, technicians, and managers in the manufacturing and service sectors.

Find out more about NPL’s research on Mechanical testing

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