Materials Performance Testing

Materials Performance Testing

Materials Performance Testing is performed to understand corrosion and materials degradation resistance of a variety of materials. Our wide range of testing equipment allows NCERCAMP researchers to accelerate corrosion processes while testing a material's mechanical properties and its performance in high-temperature environments.

Accelerated Testing

  • Expose coated and uncoated panels to aggressive environments to analyze corrosion resistance
  • Accelerate damage and predict the material’s performance
  • Material degradation/corrosion processes are accelerated significantly under extreme environmental conditions
  • Tests simulate effects of sunlight, dew and rain, generating weathering data in a few weeks or months
  • Performance of metals, polymers and coatings for damage including color change, gloss loss, chalking, cracking, crazing, hazing, blistering, embrittlement, strength loss and oxidation

Mechanical Testing

  • Evaluate electrochemical, physical and mechanical properties of coatings
  • Qualification of hardness of films and coatings of materials varying from polymers to metals
  • Determination of coating adhesion to substrate through nanoscratch testing
  • Determination of coating failure mechanisms
  • Highly localized determination of dynamic mechanical properties
  • New techniques for testing reliability of commercial alloys
  • Fatigue crack growth, high-cycle fatigue, low-cycle fatigue, fracture toughness, tension and compression

High-Temperature Testing

  • Simulate operating stresses experienced in a pressurized water reactor system that is complete computerized
  • High-temperature, high-velocity (up to Mach 2) burner rig testing with capability for sand ingestion
  • Stressed oxidation testing under high-velocity, high-water-content atmosphere up to 1450°C
  • Thermal-barrier-coated (TBC) superalloy system and ceramic matrix composite evaluation
  • Understand influence of temperature on structure of metal
  • Continuous measurement of oxidation kinetics as well as change in metal structure
  • Heat treatments of materials in wide range of atmospheres and temperatures
Focused Ion Bean technology on NCERCAMP's SEM

A Corrosion Engineering student performs hardness testing on a micro-indenter.



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