Made to Order: Custom Machined Test Specimens
When you require precision test specimens for destructive testing, Laboratory Testing Inc. can fill the order quickly and economically. The Machine Shop at LTI can prepare all specimens for destructive testing, including
- Full spectrum of mechanical test specimens
- Rough cutting and grinding for metallography samples
- Chips for ICP analysis
We also prepare specimens for customers that do their own in-house testing.
Rely on LTI’s Qualifications
When you work with a qualified supplier, you can count on quality specimen and sample machining.
- Machining is performed according to ASTM standards A370, E8, E23 and customer specifications.
- Specimen machining is PRI Nadcap accredited.
- LTI is on the NIST Qualified Manufacturers List for Charpy V-notch Impact verification specimens.
Water jet cutting equipment and computerized numerical control (CNC) centers are used to quickly prepare the highest quality test specimens from metals, including metal matrix composites, hardened steels and nickel-base alloys, and from many plastics. Wire EDM (electrical discharge machining) services are also available.
Get the Most Efficient Turnaround
Our Machine Shop runs two work shifts to ensure fast completion of specimens, so there is no delay in the start of your testing order. We have the expertise, staff and equipment to quickly prepare a wide-range of test specimens including the following:
- Flat Tensile
- Round Tensile
- Flat Fatigue
- Izod Impact
- Dynamic Tear
- Stress Rupture
- Stress Corrosion
- Charpy V-Notch Impact
- Compact Tension
- Fracture Toughness
- Round Compression
- Hydrogen Embrittlement
- Face, Root, & Side Bend
- Rotating Beam & Low Cycle Fatigue
- Frequency Severity (Steel Cleanliness)
- ASTM A370
- ASTM E8
- ASTM E23
The Specimen Machining Process
The machining of most test specimens begins with the rough cutting of material to length on a saw or more refined cutting, closer to size, using our water jet. The specific type of specimen required, including shape and features, will dictate whether milling, turning and grinding are also part of the sample machining process. Round specimens require turning on a lathe, since rough-cut specimens are usually square in shape. Milling cuts away material to create flat, angular, curved or a combination of surfaces on the specimen. Grinding is the final step for some specimens that require more refining or a specific finish.
- Capabilities – all specimen machining and sample machining required for destructive testing
- Materials – metals and many plastics
- Accreditations/Approvals – PRI Nadcap accredited; NIST’s Qualified Manufacturers List for Charpy V-notch Impact verification specimens
- Standards – ASTM A370, E8, E23