Mechanical Testing

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Mechanical testing hardnessMechanical Testing evaluates metals under conditions such as tension, compression and  temperature. Laboratory Testing Inc. is equipped to provide the full range of mechanical testing services with quick, reliable results and certified reports.

LTI’s mechanical testing lab near Philadelphia, PA (USA) routinely evaluates mechanical properties, including strength, hardness, ductility, impact resistance, fracture toughness, elongation and stress. We also have furnaces to heat treat specimens in order to perform capability heat treating and testing. We confirm upgrade to specification or your requirements.

Trust Our Service & Qualifications

Our combination of technical expertise, competitive pricing and fast turnaround provides an ideal solution for your testing needs. Qualifications will also meet your requirements, including:

  • Nadcap and A2LA accreditation
  • Testing completed according to ASTM, EN, ISO, MIL, NASM methods and specifications
  • PED approval by Lloyd’s Register
  • Mechanical and materials engineers to help with unique needs and questions
  • Specimen preparation for all mechanical tests

Mechanical Test Capacities & Ranges

  • elevated temperature tensile testTensile Testing of specimens and fasteners in all sizes on machines with load capacities from 8 ozs. to  600,000 lbs. A 10,000 lb. capacity tensile machine provides plastics testing.
  • Elevated Temperature Tensile Testing using a furnace carousel to process up to three samples at once. Samples can be heated to 1800°F.
  • Stress Rupture and Creep Testing comply with ASTM standards and can be performed at temperatures up to 2000°F.
  • Fracture Mechanics equipment can generate up to 100,000 lbf. and controls the test temperature between -150°F and +2000°F.
  • Rockwell, Brinell & Superficial Hardness Testing is available for metals, while a Shore Durometer test is performed on plastics.
  • Impact Testing is performed from -452°F to +500°F.
  • Welder & Procedure Qualification (per MIL & API specifications, ASME & AWS codes, ASTM & EN standards and the Pressure Equipment Directive)

Test Specimens for Mechanical Testing

For convenience and quick turnaround, LTI’s full-service Machine Shop is fully staffed on two work shifts to prepare specimens from metals and many plastics for all types of mechanical testing. Test specimens are machined according to ASTM standards A370, E8, E23 and customer specifications. LTI is also on NIST’s (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Qualified Manufacturers List for Charpy V-notch Impact verification specimens.

Extensive List of Mechanical Testing Services

Test results provide information about the suitability of a material for its intended application and help companies design and manufacture reliable products that will perform as expected. While all of the following tests are offered for metals, tensile and hardness testing are also available for polymers:

  • Hydrogen Embrittlement / Stress Durability
  • Conductivity
  • Magnetic Permeability
  • Compression Testing per ASTM E9
  • Proof Load
  • Bend
  • Hardness Testing
    • Rockwell
    • Brinell
    • Superficial Rockwell
    • Shore Durometer
  • Stress Rupture
  • Creep Testing
  • Fracture Mechanics
    • Fatigue Crack Growth
    • Fracture Toughness
  • Impact Testing
    • Drop Weight
    • Izod Impact
    • Charpy V-Notch Impact
  • Tensile Testing
    • Machined Specimens
    • Full-size Re-bar & Tubing
    • Elevated Temperature
  • Welder & Procedure Qualification
Tube Testing

  • Flaring/Expansion
  • Flattening
  • Tensile Testing (full-size tubing)

Washer Testing

  • Free Height Test
  • Compression
  • Interlocking Test
  • Twist Test for Locking Washers
Fastener Testing

  • Yield Strength
  • Axial & Wedge Tensile
  • Proof Load
  • Cone Strip Test
  • Double Shear
  • Flattening
  • Hardness Testing
  • Magnetic Permeability
  • Hydrogen Embrittlement / Stress Durability
  • Tension Fatigue

News & Articles

“Machining Specimens for Destructive Testing”
“LTI and Peak Beam Make the World Safer”
“Proof-load Testing the Largest Samples So Far”

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Quality & Convenience

  • A2LA and NADCAP accreditations
  • ISO 17025 certification
  • Same day, next-day, 2nd-day Rush Services
  • Secure Portal to track orders and get certifications
  • Fast Certified Reports sent by email

Customer Testimonials

“I have really appreciated you getting back to me so quickly on things. I would highly recommend you in the future!“

Marie Sheehan
Validation Engineer


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