Mechanical testing, also known as destructive testing, reveals the properties of a material under dynamic or static force. Designed to ensure that materials are suitable for their intended applications, mechanical testing includes methods such as tensile strength, compression strength, impact resistance, fracture toughness and fatigue. 

Element offers a full suite of destructive testing services for metallic and nonmetallic materials, as well as components and specialty products. Whether testing to a standard method or developing a custom program, our experts can provide you with accurate, reliable results for projects large and small.


Mechanical testing capabilities

We have a large range of mechanical testing capabilities including:


Mechanical testing of steel

Steel testing for use within concrete structures.

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

Element in destructive testing 

With expertise across some of the world’s most vital industries, we can assist with even the most challenging projects, no matter what the material. For more information about our destructive testing services, contact an expert today.

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Custom Mechanical Testing Solutions

Element has extensive knowledge and experience with a wide variety of custom mechanical testing applications, including:

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)
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

Our Mechanical Testing Services

We provide  a variety of destructive testing methods around the world.

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Fatigue Testing

Element's laboratories help customers characterize the properties and behaviors of materials and components using varying loads, speeds, and environmental conditions to create predictive patterns of future behavior.

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Tensile Testing

Element delivers industry-leading tensile testing services for a wide range of metallic, polymeric, and other advanced materials to the Aerospace and other industry sectors.

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Fracture Toughness Testing

Element provides fracture toughness testing to determine material characteristics and longevity of metallic, nonmetallic, and advanced materials.

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Impact Testing

Element's experts subject materials and products to dynamic impact, measuring cushioning, g-forces, and impact failure mechanisms. 

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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.

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Shear Testing

Element performs a variety of shear testing methods and techniques, and we are committed to providing you with the most accurate results possible.

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Hardness Testing Laboratories

Hardness Testing

Element's laboratories use a variety of micro-indentation and macro-indentation testing methods to determine the hardness of a material to deformation.

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Fastener Testing


Element’s fastener, screw, and bolt test methods are designed to evaluate every aspect of your fastener’s performance, from tensile strength to rotational capacity.

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Residual Stress Measurement

Element's laboratories offer different techniques for residual stress measurement, including XRD, strain gaging, and Barkhausen Noise Analysis.

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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

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