Mechanical Testing Services

Engineered Materials of all types are employed by manufacturers to make the products we use every day.  Our cars, homes, phones, appliances, hospitals, schools, factories and even farms rely on engineered materials.  The focus of Modern Laboratories physical and mechanical testing department is to provide detailed quantitative and qualitative data, so our customers can make informed decisions relating to:

  • Process Quality Control and Product Conformance
  • Materials selection and verification
  • Pre-Production Certification
  • Failures and process/product improvement activities
Tensile Machine

Testing Capabilities

  • Tensile, Yield, Elongation, Reduction of Area
  • Impact (Charpy, Izod) -321°F to heated
  • Hardness (Rockwell, Brinell, Vickers, Knoop)
  • Bends, Shear
  • Compression, Puncture, Springs, Rebar
  • Custom Setup and Fixturing
  • Elevated Temperatures (up to 2200°F)
  • Fastener Testing
  • Flexural
  • Hydrogen Embrittlement
  • Most specimen geometries and material types
  • Product Testing
  • Sample Heat Treating (many processes)
  • Stress Rupture (up to 2200°F)
  • Weld Qualifications

Groups of Alloys Tested

  • Carbon and Low Alloy Steel
  • Copper, Bronze, Brass
  • Aluminum Alloys
  • Nickle Alloys – Inconel, Incoloy, Waspaloy, Hasteloy
  • Cobalt – Rene, Stellite
  • Titanium Alloys
  • Magnesium
  • Cast Irons
  • Cast Steels


 Machining For Sample Preparation

  • CNC Turning Centers
  • CNC Milling
  • Complete array of conventional equipment
    • Saws
    • Lathes
    • Grinders
    • Blanchard grinding
  • Low, medium and high volume


  • Universal Testing Machines- all feature the latest computer control & data handling
    • 400,000 lb. Hydraulic Frame (hydraulic grips)
    • 120,000 lb. Hydraulic Frame
    • 11,000 1b. Electromechanical Frame
    • Strain Gage and LVDT Extensometers
    • Special high temp Extensometery
    • Low capacity load cell accessories
    • Hot & cold test attachments/furnaces
    • Custom Fixtures and Grips
    • Complete Fastener testing
    • LIMS connection for auto data collection
  • Impact Testers (Metals and Plastics)
    • lzod & Charpy
    • Vertical drop weight
    • Cold & elevated testing
  • Hardness Testers
    • Digital Universal RockwellTesters
    • Brinell w/digital scope
    • LIMS database connection
  • Stress/Creep Rupture Frames
    • Up to 2200°F furnaces
    • Stress & temperature data logging
  • Bend Testers
  • Digital Torque Tester
  • Sample Heat Treating Furnaces
  • Microhardness Testers- Computer controlled
    • 10g- 10Kg Load
    • Vickers & Knoop
    • Fully digital imaging & edge finding
    • Automated profiling for weld scans, plating, case hardened

Tensile, Compression, Bend and Shear Testing

  • Electronic strain measurement
  • Low capacity load cell accessories
  • Hot and cold test attachments
  • Full array of Extensometers, Fixtures, and Grips
  • Complete fastener testing accessories
  • Ultimate Tensile
  • Yield Point
  • % Elongation
  • % Reduction of Area
  • Hardness

Impact Testing (Charpy, Izod, Special Fixturing)

  • Hot and subzero testing
  • Vertical Drop Weight Impact Tester
  • High Capacity Swing Tester
  • NIST Traceable Calibrations
  • Impact Energy
  • % Shear
  • Lateral Expansion

Stress Rupture

Materials Engineering Services

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
  • Powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD)
  • Electrochemical Testing
  • Materials Selection and Evaluation
  • Manufacturing Process Problem Solving
  • Complete Photographic Services
  • Expert Legal Witness
  • Independent Lab Services
  • For Insurance Companies
  • Contract Research and Development

Construction Material Services

  • Petrographic Analysis
  • Paint Adhesion, Elcometer
  • Paint/Coating Thickness Measurement
  • Peel/Bond Testing
  • Paint/Stucco Evaluation

Areas of Specialization: Materials & Metallurgical

Modern Laboratories Materials Research and Failure Analysis Group has risen to become the preeminent lab that can perform the most complete range of materials evaluation and testing, and failure analysis on ferrous, nonferrous and a wide range of other specialty and exotic materials.


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