High cycle fatigue (HCF) is useful for materials that experience low applied forces and where deformation is primarily elastic in nature. HCF tests are usually force-controlled, and typically running to one million or more cycles.

Fatigue testing measures how cyclic forces will affect a product or material over time, using varying loads, speeds and environmental conditions. Our fatigue test methods, like high cycle fatigue, are useful for simulating specific scenarios and investigating real-world failures.

HCF Test Procedure

High cycle fatigue tests take place on an axial fatigue testing machine with a force-monitoring system. The sample is first machined, longitudinally polished and ground into cylindrical or flat test specimens with a uniform or hourglass gage section. Our Engaged Experts perform alignment and verification of the machined specimen before beginning any testing.

During an HCF test, samples experience frequencies ranging between 20 Hz and 100 Hz, depending upon material types and environmental conditions. Testing continues until specimen failure or until a predetermined number of cycles is reached.

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Aerospace High Cycle Fatigue Testing

We provide indispensable High Cycle Fatigue Testing (HCF Testing) of engine airfoil and gas turbine components for service life limit analysis, simulating high vibrations conditions of airfoils during operation.

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Our Fatigue Testing Methods

Element performs a variety of fatigue tests, including high cycle fatigue, low cycle fatigue, and specialized programs on a range of metals and alloys, polymers and components. 

  • High cycle fatigue
  • Low cycle fatigue
  • Rotating beam fatigue
  • Axial fatigue 
  • Torsional fatigue 
  • Shear fatigue 
  • Pulsatile fatigue testing 
  • Proof load testing
  • Bending fatigue testing
  • Multiple degrees of freedom fatigue testing
  • Multi-channel/compound cyclic testing

Standards We Test To

ASTM International


International Organization for Standardization 

ISO 3800

Military and Defense Standards 

DEF STAN 08-123, DEF STAN 07-55 


MIL-STD-1312-11, MIL-STD 810G: Method 514.6, Method 519.6

NASM 1312-11

NES 1004

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