Element offers a full suite of mechanical testing services for metallic and nonmetallic materials, as well as components and specialty products. Whether it's ensuring compliance with a specific standard or a customized testing program, our experts provide accurate, reliable, and fast results tailored to your project requirements. 


What is Mechanical Testing and why does it Matter?

Mechanical testing, or destructive testing, is vital in R&D, ensuring materials meet safety standards for their intended use. Engineers rely on it to evaluate key properties like strength, toughness, ductility, and stiffness. Element offers a wide range of tests, from abrasion resistance to specialized ones like Charpy impact, creep, and fatigue testing. 

Our experts apply controlled forces, mimicking real-world conditions—tension, compression, bending, shear—to guarantee materials are safe, reliable, and perform optimally. Choose Element for precise assessments that enhance the quality and reliability of your materials.


Key Benefits of Partnering with Element for Mechanical Testing Services

  • Fast Results for Your Tight Timelines: Time constraints on projects can be a significant challenge. Receive fast results and achieve your project timelines with Element’s full suite of mechanical testing services – all your requirements, from one single testing supplier.
  • Ensuring Compliance through Expert Material Testing: Meeting industry standards and regulatory requirements is crucial. Element experts guide you to meet quality standards and strict regulatory requirements for a wide range of industries including Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, Construction, Energy, Medical Devices, and Transportation.
  • Enhanced Accuracy and Precision: Our focus is on accuracy and precision in mechanical testing because assuring the reliability of your materials contributes to seamless and efficient operations. We ensure the reliability, strength, and durability of components in many industries, including Manufacturing, Automotive, Construction Metallurgy, Consumer Electronics, and Transportation.
  • Innovative Solutions for Material Integrity: Understanding the limits of your material is vital in determining its integrity and useful lifespan. Our cutting-edge mechanical testing methods push materials to failure, providing innovative solutions for optimal material integrity and lifespan assessment.
  • Unveiling the Complexities of your Non-metallic Materials: Non-metallic materials often exhibit complex and time-dependent mechanical behavior, such as viscoelasticity and creep, which require specialized testing methods. We evaluate composites, polymers, ceramics, elastomers, vinyl, textiles, and more, offering insights into strength, flexibility, and fatigue.
  • Testing your Materials' Resilience in Diverse Conditions: Element conducts mechanical testing under specific environmental conditions, such as extreme temperatures or humidity. This will help you understand your material behavior in harsh conditions and assess its resistance to environmental factors. 
  • Holistic Material Analysis: Beyond mechanical properties, our comprehensive material analysis includes chemical composition, microstructure, corrosion resistance, and more, providing a holistic understanding of your materials.

Your Mechanical Testing Experts 

John Tartaglia

Dr John M. Tartaglia

Element's Senior Metallurgical Engineer 

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Lee Mangham – Element Sheffield

Lee Mangham

Element's Technical Manager

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“Really good service with quality in testing, reporting and co-ordinating”

Prashanth P Patil

Al ashfaq General Contracting

Safety and Efficiency in Focus

We prioritize safety as your foremost concern when testing materials and components. Applying mechanical forces, often in extreme conditions to meet the standards required, can be dangerous; why risk the safety of yourself and your team, when Element’s experts are equipped to handle all your testing needs? With our expertise across some of the world’s most vital industries, we conduct stringent testing for materials used in the most critical applications where safety is non-negotiable.


Specialized Methods and Tailored Solutions for Your Unique Needs

Element’s wide variety of specialized methods and custom mechanical testing applications goes beyond just meeting standard requirements. From multi-axial loading and cryogenic testing to high-temperature testing, and oversized component testing, our experts create custom test programs, tailored to your unique material evaluation. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Multi-axial loading (static and dynamic, coupon level and component level)
  • Tension, compression, shear, and torsional loading (static and dynamic, coupon level and component level)
  • Cryogenic testing
  • High temperature testing up to 1400°C
  • Customized fatigue testing and analysis
  • Rotating beam fatigue testing

Tribological (wear) properties:

  • Metal on Metal (MoM)
  • Metal on Plastic (MoP)
  • Fabrics
  • Taber Abrasion
  • Finger touch wear simulation (RCA Abrasion) 

Oversized component testing:

  • High Displacement (up to 48”)
  • High Load (up to 300,000 lbs.)
  • Subzero and elevated temperature environments
  • Temperature/humidity chambers
  • Custom loading profiles/waveforms
  • Custom-generated NDE certification coupons


Your One-stop Solution with our full Suite of Mechanical Testing Services

  • Abrasion resistance testing
  • Modulus of rupture
  • Adhesive strength testing
  • Modulus of elasticity
  • Bend testing
  • Package seal burst strength testing
  • Bond strength testing
  • Peel strength testing
  • Brinell hardness testing
  • Pressure testing
  • Brittleness testing
  • Puncture resistance testing
  • R-Value testing
  • Chemical composition 
  • Rend and rebend testing
  • Coefficient of friction 
  • Compression testing
  • Rockwell hardness testing
  • Creep testing
  • Ductility testing
  • Strain gaging
  • Elongation testing
  • Stress/strain curve analysis
  • Expansion testing 
  • Tear strength testing
  • Fastener holding testing
  • Torsion/torque testing
  • Flexural strength testing
  • Vickers hardness testing
  • Wear testing
  • Weld mechanical testing
  • Indentation Fore Deflection 
  • Weld shear testing


Why Choose Element? 

With one of the most comprehensive ranges of materials testing services available in the Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) sector, Element is the world leader in the provision of high-volume routine mechanical testing services.

Our global network spans laboratories across the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, and Asia offering NADCAP and ISO 17025-accredited mechanical testing services. 

With extensive experience supporting critical industries globally, we tackle even the most challenging projects, regardless of the material. 

To learn more about Element's credentials, please visit our About Us page. For more information about our mechanical/destructive testing services, contact an expert today.

Element provides mechanical testing to many common industries standards, including those shown below, as well as custom specifications. 

Bend Testing:
  • API 1104
  • ASME Section IX
  • ASTM A370
  • ASTM A619
  • ASTM E190
  • ASTM E290
  • AWS D1.1
  • BS 4449
  • ISO 5173
  • ISO 7438
Charpy/Izod Impact:
  • ASTM A370
  • ASTM A923
  • ASTM D256
  • ASTM D746
  • ASTM D1822
  • ASTM D4812
  • ASTM E23
  • ISO 148
  • ISO 9016
Fatigue Testing:
  • ASTM D3479
  • ASTM D4482
  • ASTM D5528
  • ASTM D6873
  • ASTM D7905
  • ASTM E466
  • ASTM E606
  • ASTM E647
  • ASTM F1160
  • ASTM F1800
  • ISO 1143
Fracture Toughness: 
  • ASTM B645
  • ASTM B646
  • ASTM D5528
  • ASTM D7905
  • ASTM E370
  • ASTM E399
  • ASTM E1290
  • BS 7448
  • EN 6033
  • EN 6034
Shear Testing: 
  • ASTM A370
  • ASTM B769
  • ASTM C273
  • ASTM D3163
  • ASTM D3518
  • ASTM D5379
  • ASTM D5868
  • ASTM D7078
  • ASTM E23
  • ASTM F606
  • SACMA SRM 7 
Tensile Testing: 
  • ASTM A370
  • ASTM A615
  • ASTM C297
  • ASTM D638
  • ASTM D3039
  • ASTM E21
  • ASTM E345
  • ASTM E517
  • ASTM E646
  • ASTM E8
  • ASTM F606
  • BS EN 6892-1
  • ISO 6892
  • ISO 898
  • ISO 8496
  • NASM 1312
  • SAE J1216
  • SAE J429
Torque Testing: 
  • ASME B18
  • ASTM F606
  • IFI 101
  • MIL-DTL-18240
  • MIL-F-18240
  • NASM 1312
  • NASM 25027
  • Metals & Metals Product
  • Composites
  • Plastics/Polymers
  • Rubber/Elastomers
  • Vinyls
  • Textiles
  • Organic and Non-organic Compounds
  • Building Materials
  • Medical Devices
  • Consumer Products

Mechanical testing of steel for use within concrete structures:

  • Reinforcing Steel
  • Welded Steel Fabric
  • Prestressing Steel
  • Mechanical Couplers
  • Structural Steel
  • Bolts & Nuts

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