Fatigue testing characterizes material or component behavior during cyclic loading. Our test machines can help test cyclic loads for vital properties, such as fatigue failure, fatigue limit, and fatigue life.
What is fatigue testing?
A fatigue test measures how cyclic forces will affect a product or material over time, by analyzing various sizes of cyclic loads in our test machines, under different speeds and environmental conditions, we can create predictive patterns for material behavior. While a large portion of fatigue tests are performed to plot stress (S) against the number of cycles to failure (N) (also known as an S-N curve), they can also be useful for simulating specific scenarios and investigating real-world fatigue failures.
Why is fatigue testing important?
Understanding fatigue properties is one of the most crucial elements of research and development, product safety, and material verification programs. It's important to test your materials & products to understand their performance, fatigue limit & fatigue life.
What is the purpose of fatigue testing?
Some products, such as medical devices, must conform to rigorous international standards for endurance properties. Other products, such as industrial components and consumer goods, often see manufacturers and testing companies working together to develop customized fatigue testing methodologies suited for the specific product’s application and end-use environment.
Material fatigue testing we offer
- Metals and alloys
- Plastics and polymers
- Additively manufactured materials
- Medical devices
- Pipes & tubing
- Steel Catenary Risers
- Welded samples & structures
- Industrial components, sub-assemblies, and equipment
- Gas turbine engines
- Engine airfoils
Types of fatigue testing we provide
- High cycle fatigue (HCF) testing
- Low cycle fatigue (LCF) testing
- Thermo mechanical fatigue (TMF) testing
- Axial fatigue testing
- Torsional fatigue testing
- Shear fatigue testing
- Proof load testing
- Bending fatigue testing
- Fatigue crack growth testing
- Resonance fatigue testing
- Multiple degrees of freedom fatigue testing
- Multi-channel/compound cyclic testing
- Strain Control
- Stress Control
- Displacement Control
- Frequency up to 100 Hz (rotating beam up to 150 Hz)
- Forces up to 250 kNTest temperatures from -320 to 2400 F)
- Custom and special project setups are available
ASTM fatigue testing standards we test for
- ASTM D3479
- ASTM D3039
- ASTM D6484
- ASTM D7615
- ASTM D5568
- ASTM 6115
- ASTM D7905
- ASTM E2368
- ASTM E466
- ASTM E606
The Element advantage
Element's laboratories around the world provide testing solutions to help make certain that your products and materials are safe and fit for purpose. Our analytical testing services utilize cyclic loads in test machines to understand fatigue failure under a multitude of different scenarios. We also apply constant amplitude and sinusoidal waveform applications during testing.
Understand when your product or material is at its fatigue life or fatigue limit with Element's test machines. Whether you require testing to existing standards or are interested in creating a custom test program, our experts are ready to assist with your materials testing needs.
For more information about our fatigue testing services or to request a quote, contact us today.
Aerospace Industries Association/National Aerospace Standards
NAS 1069, NASM 1312-11, NASM 1312-21
ASTM C1360, ASTM C1361, ASTM D7774, ASTM D671, ASTM D3479, ASTM D4482, ASTM D6873, ASTM D6926, ASTM E206, ASTM E2368, ASTM E399, ASTM E466, ASTM E488, ASTM E606, ASTM E647, ASTM E1190, ASTM E1290, ASTM F1160, ASTM F1717, ASTM F1800, ASTM F2345, ASTM F2706
British Standards Institute
BS 3518, Part 2 & 3, BS EN 1992-1-1
General Motors North America
GMN7152, GMW16704, GMW16705
International Organization for Standardization
ISO 1143, ISO 12107, ISO 3800, ISO 6157-3
Japanese Industrial Standard
Military/Department of Defense Standards
National Aerospace Standards/Aerospace Industries Association
NASM 1312-11, NASM 1312-21, NAS 1069
SAE J 123
We also test to a number of customer standards, including GE, Honeywell, SAFRAN, Pratt & Whitney, and MTU.
Fatigue & Fracture Toughness
Fatigue in metals caused by cyclic loading progressively damages a localized area of a structure, eventually leading to the formation of cracks. Once a crack is formed, it will grow with each application of load.
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Fatigue Testing Methods
ASTM E606 Low Cycle Fatigue (LCF)
LCF testing is used for applications where materials are subject to extremely high mechanical stresses, and where plastic deformation is likely to occur.
ASTM E466 High Cycle Fatigue (HCF)
High cycle fatigue is used for materials that experience low applied forces and where deformation is primarily elastic in nature.
ASTM E2368 Thermo Mechanical Fatigue (TMF)
Element's ASTM E2368 thermo mechanical fatigue program provides testing services for a variety of materials qualification programs.
Rotating Beam Fatigue
Rotating beam fatigue is another testing method which is utilized to generate high cycle fatigue curves at a higher frequency than traditional HCF methods with single or multi-point bending stresses.
Stress Rupture Testing
Element offers stress rupture testing to understand the sudden and complete failure of a material under stress. Loads may be applied by tensile bending, flexural, biaxial or hydrostatic methods.
Measuring load over an extended period of time, creep testing programs use continuous load and elevated temperature to test for eventual material failure.