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Element Hitchin


Wilbury Way, Hitchin, SG4 0TW, UK

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+44 1462 427850


+44 1462 427851 

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+44 808 234 1667

Formerly known as Materials Engineering Research Laboratory (MERL) Limited, Element Hitchin has over 25 years of experience in delivering world-class materials expertise in polymers, elastomers, thermoplastics, composites and structural adhesive related testing services to the Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Transportation, Medical and Energy sectors.

Element Hitchin’s highly qualified polymer and other advanced materials experts provide a comprehensive range of highly specialized services to clients from across the world - from Australia, China and Europe to India, the Middle East, North America, South America and the UK. These services include:

  • Fluid exposures

  • High pressure gas testing

  • Accelerated ageing

  • Mechanical testing

  • Finite Element Modelling

  • Seals and sealing technology

  • Life prediction

  • Failure analysis

  • Independent inspections

Bespoke Tests
Element Hitchin also has many years experience in designing, building and operating fixtures, rigs and pressure vessels for application-specific testing and

qualification. Examples include:

  • XHPHT (2000 bar), (300°C)
  • Permeation, diffusion studies
  • Cold testing
  • Extrusion
  • Visual observation of materials and small seals in pressurised fluids

Standards We Test To

NORSOK M710, ISO 23936, ISO 10423, API 6A, F.1.11, F.1.11, ISO 13628/2, ISO13628/5, API 17J, Shell ED Test, Total GS PVV 142, NACE TM0192, ISO 8308, NACE TM0187

SAE J2665, ASTM E96, ASTM D814, ISO 6179 (BS 903-A46), ISO 2528, ISO 8308, ISO 4080, ISO 2782, ASTM D5229, ASTM D570

ASTM D543, ISO 1817, ISO 175, 

ISO 13628, ISO 8308, ISO 4080

ISO 12736, Total GS EP COR 227, Exxon GP 65-0801

ISO 21809, NACE RP0394, CSA Z245.2, 

BS ISO 37, ISO 5893, ISO1421, ISO 527, ISO 1798, ISO 13934, ISO 6259, ISO 8513, BS 903, ASTM D638, ASTM D2990, ASTM D3518, ASTM D1708, ASTM D3039, ASTM D4541, 

ASTM D695, ISO 844, ISO 3386, ISO 5893, ISO 903, ISO 7743

ISO 1856, ISO 815, ISO 1653, ISO 903

BS 903

ASTM D7337, ISO 903,  BS ISO 8013

ISO 3384, ISO 903

ISO 1400, ISO 1818, ISO 48, ISO 868, BS 903, ISO 7619, ASTM D2583

ISO 2781, ASTM D792

ASTM D3171, ISO 1172

ISO 903, ISO 6943, ASTM 606

BS 179-1:2000

ASTM D3039, ASTM D6641, ASTM D3410, ASTM D2344, ASTM D5528, ISO 527, ISO 15114 , ASTM D6110, ASTM D6415, ASTM D5961, ASTM D5766, FprEN 6035, ASTM D6484, FrpEn 6036, BS EN 2561, ISO 604, prEn 2850, ISO 14126, ASTM 5379, ISO 14130, ASTM D790, ASTM D7264, ASTM D6272, ASTM D5448, ASTM D5449, ASTM D5450, ASTM D7291, ASTM D2719, ASTM D2290, ASTM D3379

ASTM D5528, ASTM D7905, ASTM D6671, ASTM D5528, ISO 15024, ASTM D3479

ASTM D7137, ASTM D7136

ASTM D3039, ASTM D6641, ASTM D3410, ASTM D2344, ASTM D5528, ISO 527, ISO 15114, ASTM D1002, ASTM D5868, ISO 4587, BS EN 1465, BS EN 2243-1, ASTM D3528, Ford BV 101-07, ISO 4578, BS EN 2243-2, ASTM 5656, ASTM 3983, ISO 11003, ASTM D3762, ASTM D1781, AMS-A-25463, ASTM C297

ASTM D5528, ASTM D7905, ASTM D6671,  ISO 15024, ISO 25217, ASTM D3433, ASTM D6115, ASTM D3166

ASTM D7028, ASTM D5023, ASTM E1640, EN 6032

ASTM D7426, ASTM F1514, ASTM D4591, ASTM E2160, ASTM D3895, ASTM D3418, ISO 11357 parts 1 to 7, ASTM F2625, ASTM E1269, DIN 51007

DIN 51 005, ASTM E831, ASTM D696, ASTM D3386, ISO 11359 – Parts 1 to 3. 

ASTM D6370, ASTM D6375

ASTM C 518 and ISO 8301


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