CAPABILITIES

Our independent test house, staffed by highly skilled, qualified and experienced personnel, is UKAS accredited to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025. It provides a wide range of mechanical and metallurgical testing services to the steel industry, as well as supporting various customers’ development projects.

Mechanical testing facilities are supported by laboratory heat treatment furnaces and comprehensive optical and digital imaging capabilities, including SEM. Test piece and metallographic sample preparation is carried out in a well-equipped machine shop, and the Test House benefits from the support of Sheffield Forgemasters’ extensive Research, Design and Technology department.

Test Piece and Sample Preparation Facilities

  • Manual and semi-automatic horizontal and vertical band saws up to 1.2 x 1.4 x 0.5 meters and max 1.5 tonnes
  • CNC and manual lathes for tensile test piece preparation to BS EN ISO 6892-1, ASTM A370-20 and ASTM E8/E8M-21
  • CNC and manual milling machines for Charpy impact test piece preparation to ASTM E23 and BS EN ISO 148-1 and CT fracture toughness test piece preparation
  • Electrical discharge machining (EDM)
  • Carbolite muffle furnace for heat treatment of test blanks to 1200°C
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Test Piece and Sample Preparation Facilities

  • Manual and semi-automatic horizontal and vertical band saws up to 1.2 x 1.4 x 0.5 meters and max 1.5 tonnes
  • CNC and manual lathes for tensile test piece preparation to BS EN ISO 6892-1, ASTM A370-20 and ASTM E8/E8M-21
  • CNC and manual milling machines for Charpy impact test piece preparation to ASTM E23 and BS EN ISO 148-1 and CT fracture toughness test piece preparation
  • Electrical discharge machining (EDM)
  • Carbolite muffle furnace for heat treatment of test blanks to 1200°C
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Mechanical Testing Capabilities

  • Tensile testing to BS EN ISO 6892-1, ASTM A370-20 and ASTM E8/E8M-21
  • Charpy impact testing (U and V-notches) to ASTM E23 and BS EN ISO 148-1 (-196°C to +250°C) including % crystallinity and lateral expansion
  • Fracture toughness testing between -180°C and 350°C
    • CT geometry fracture toughness testing (single- and multi-specimen) – CTOD, J1c and JR curve construction to ASTM E1820-20b
    • CT geometry fracture toughness testing – Reference Temperature T0 determination
    • Pellini drop weight testing to ASTM E208-20
    • Hardness testing – Brinell, Rockwell and Vickers (macro & micro) hardness
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Mechanical Testing Capabilities

  • Tensile testing to BS EN ISO 6892-1, ASTM A370-20 and ASTM E8/E8M-21
  • Charpy impact testing (U and V-notches) to ASTM E23 and BS EN ISO 148-1 (-196°C to +250°C) including % crystallinity and lateral expansion
  • Fracture toughness testing between -180°C and 350°C
    • CT geometry fracture toughness testing (single- and multi-specimen) – CTOD, J1c and JR curve construction to ASTM E1820-20b
    • CT geometry fracture toughness testing – Reference Temperature T0 determination
    • Pellini drop weight testing to ASTM E208-20
    • Hardness testing – Brinell, Rockwell and Vickers (macro & micro) hardness

Metallurgical Testing Capabilities

  • Corrosion testing (ferric chloride pitting corrosion resistance) to ASTM G48-11(2020) e1 Method A
  • Volume fraction / ferrite count to ASTM E562-19e1
  • Macro & micrographic examination
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Quench dilatometry
  • Grain size determination
  • Anodised surface depth
  • Decarburised depth
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Metallurgical Testing Capabilities

  • Corrosion testing (ferric chloride pitting corrosion resistance) to ASTM G48-11(2020) e1 Method A
  • Volume fraction / ferrite count to ASTM E562-19e1
  • Macro & micrographic examination
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
  • Quench dilatometry
  • Grain size determination
  • Anodised surface depth
  • Decarburised depth

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