Components manufactured from Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) combine the heat resistance of ceramics with improved structural strength, performing at exceedingly higher temperatures upwards of 3,000°F. CMCs are utilized across multiple industries, but found a new home in the Aerospace industry’s requirement for lighter weight materials that can withstand high temperatures experienced in jet engines. As the practical application of CMCs increases, so will the need to work with the right testing partner to ensure your materials perform as expected.

With the unique anisotropic characteristics of composite materials, developing the knowledge of testing mechanical properties in extreme environments requires considerable investment. Element has made this investment by partnering with our clients from their initial R&D efforts in CMCs to developing repeatable, relevant testing protocols.

Element is a world leader in testing composite and metal materials using both standard methods and increasingly intricate customized procedures/equipment. We bring you the expertise of our network of engineering professionals, with their extensive material testing experience combined with our state of the art testing facilities, to ensure your CMC project will always be delivered on time.

Element is a proactive participant and leader within the international advanced composites community with active membership in ASTM D30 (Committee on Composite Materials), ASTM C28 (Committee on Advanced Ceramics) and CMH-17 (Committee for the Composite Materials Handbook), NADCAP and A2LA.

The value of trusting Element with your CMC testing is clear. Working with our leading Engaged Experts enables our clients to validate certainty in their products and confidence to go-to-market quickly and safely.

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CMC Testing Services, Specifications and Environments

CMC Testing Services
  • Precision Specimen Preparation, including tight tolerance machining, radius creation and precision hole introduction
  • Temperature capability from -300°F to 3,000°F
  • Static and Fatigue testing: Tensile, compression, flex, shear, through-thickness and others
  • Fatigue testing, load control, strain control, spectrum and custom
  • Creep rupture, dwell fatigue, custom cyclic
  • Proprietary and custom testing
  • Feature based/element/component testing
  • Structural tests with multi-channel data acquisition
Common CMC Test Specifications
  • ASTM C1161 - Flexural Strength
  • ASTM C1273 - Tensile Strength
  • ASTM C1275 - Tensile Strength
  • ASTM C1291 - Elevated Temperature Creep, Creep Rupture
  • ASTM C1292 - CFCC Shear Strength
  • ASTM C1337 - Elevated Temperature Creep, Creep Rupture
  • ASTM C1341 - CFCC Flexure Strength
  • ASTM C1358 - CFCC Compression
  • ASTM C1359 - Tensile Strength (Hi Temp)
  • ASTM C1360 - Ambient Tension-Tension Cyclic Fatigue
  • ASTM C1361 - Cyclic Fatigue
  • ASTM C1366 - Elevated Temperature Tensile Strength
  • ASTM C1425 - Elevated Temperature Shear Strength
  • ASTM C1468 - Trans-Thickness CFCC Tensile Strength
CMC Testing Environments
  • Temperature capability from -300°F to 3000°F
  • Fatigue, HCF, Dwell, Strain control
  • Structural tests with multi-channel data acquisition
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