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Mechanical and Metallurgical Testing

Mechanical Testing

Mechanical Testing reveals the elastic and inelastic behavior of a material when force is strategically applied. This method illustrates whether a material is fit for its intended applications by assessing features like elasticity, tensile strength, hardness, fracture toughness, impact resistance and fatigue limit. 

Niagara Testing offers:

  • Tensile, Compression, Bend and Flexural Loading up to 120,000lbs., with Microprocessor Controlled Data Collection
  • Charpy Impact testing  at  Ambient, Hot, and Subzero Temperatures.
  • Rockwell Hardness, Brinnell Hardness, Regular and Superficial Scales.
  • Failure Analysis by Metallurgical and Manufacturing Engineering

Charpy Impact Testing

Metallurgical Testing

Metallurgical Testing analyses a metal’s character from formation and heat treatment to microstructure.

 Niagara Testing offers:

  • Microstructural Analysis
  • Metallographic Sample Preparation
  • Microhardness Measurement
  • Failure Analysis


Positive Material Identification

Positive Material Identification is the analysis of a metallic alloy to determine metallic composition by reading element percentage.

 Niagara Testing offers the primary methods of Positive Material Identification, including:

  • Optical Emission and Spectrographic Analysis (OES) – Chemical analysis of ferrous alloys according to ASTM e415.
  • Niton – X-Ray Fluorescence analysis with XLT 898 handheld.

Positive Material Identification

Machine Shop Services

Niagara Testing offers Machine Shop Services, including:

  • In-house machining of test specimens
  • Custom test fixtures


Passivation (Western New York Only)

Passivation is the use of a light coat of a protective material, such as metal oxide, to create a shell against corrosion. Niagara Testing detects surface defects such as pitting, etching or frosting, and ensures no staining indicative of the possible presence of free iron.

Passivation Testing

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