What Is Material Testing?

What Is Material Testing?
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What is Material Testing?

Material testing utilizes equipment like XRF analyzers, hardness testers, thickness gauges, roughness testers, and more, to measure the properties of materials and components.

Material testing is a testing method used to determine the physical and mechanical properties, such as strength, resistance, and toughness, of materials and components. Common testing equipment for material testing includes XRF analyzers, hardness testers, laser micrometers, ultrasonic thickness gauges, and more.

Types of Material Testing


Material testing covers a wide range of tests and measurements in different industries. This technique is categorized as mechanical, thermal, electrical, resistance, and non-destructive. Material testing equipment examines properties like strength, toughness, flexibility, and suitability of specific materials. This test method performs tests to determine the reaction of substances for specific applications.

  • Mechanical testing
    • Static tension and compression tests
    • Static shear and bending tests
    • Ductility measurements
    • Hardness testing
    • Impact test
    • Fracture toughness tests
    • Creep test
    • Fatigue
  • Testing for thermal properties
    • Thermal conductivity
    • Specific heat
    • Thermal expansion
  • Testing for electrical properties
  • Testing for resistance
    • Corrosion
    • Radiation
    • Biological deterioration
  • Non-destructive testing
    • Liquids
    • Radiation
    • Sounds
    • Magnetism
    • Infrared

Material Testing Equipment

  • Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs)
  • Laser Micrometers (Optical Micrometers)
  • Ultrasonic Thickness Gauges
  • XRF Analyzers
  • Ionic Contamination Tester (Ionographs)
  • Surface Roughness Tester
  • Ultrasonic Flaw Detector
  • Accelerometers
  • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
  • Hardness Tester
  • Laser Doppler Vibrometers         
  • Particle Impact Noise Detection (PIND)

Benefits of Material Testing

The purpose of material testing is to meet the requirements of regulatory agencies, commonly used for manufacturing industries. The test results are crucial information for engineers, designers, and production managers.

  • Create world-class products through extensive product development and manufacturing testing
  • Contribute to the cost-effective and high-quality product development process
  • Demonstrate the superior product performance
  • Ensure that product is manufactured in conformance with international or industry standards
  • Verify supplier specifications
  • Provide traceable test results

Choosing the Right Material Testing Equipment 

ATEC offers a wide range of non-destructive material testing equipment for various applications. Contact a rental agent today to learn more about instruments like XRF analyzers, CMMs, or laser micrometers.

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