Welding is a highly specialized discipline that requires expertise, skill and training. While it’s an integral part of many construction and fabrication processes, weld errors can cause severe damage to materials, resulting in loss of strength and durability, or even structural failures.
Weld testing and weld process evaluation are important steps in preventing these issues. Welder Performance Qualifications (WPQ) or Welding Procedure Qualification Records (WPQR) can help ensure that welding projects are completed as safely an accurately as possible. Element combines mechanical weld testing, quality evaluation, process assessments, and safety reviews to ensure that your welds and welding processes are the best that they can be.
Our welding experts have experience across many different fields, and many hold specific certifications, including Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and Certified Welding Engineer licenses. They can help review your current processes, protocols and safety systems to provide feedback what is working better, and how to make improvements for a more efficient and accurate program.
In addition to consulting on procedures and designing test protocols, Element provides both destructive and non-destructive weld testing.
Destructive Weld Testing
Our destructive weld testing services measure the physical properties of metals and components.
Our labs offer mechanical test types specifically designed to test the strength and flexibility of welded components. We generally test to American Welding Society (AWS) standards, as well as ASTM, ISO, ASME, and others. Our labs can also assist with custom mechanical set-ups for unique projects.
Our destructive welding services include:
- Tensile Testing
- Compression Testing
- Bend and Flexural Testing
- Fatigue Testing
- Hardness Testing
- Shear Testing
- Pressure Testing
- Wear and Abrasion Testing
- Proof Load Testing
- Impact Testing
- Fracture Mechanics
Non-Destructive Weld Testing
Element's non-destructive testing services evaluate the structural soundness of components without causing damage.
Our team of experts can perform a full suite of tests on components and materials to determine weld strength and integrity without destroying the part. Non-destructive tests are used to check for cracks and imperfections, and as a quality check for new components.
Some of the methods that we offer include:
- Ultrasonic Inspection
- Radiographic Inspection
- Liquid (Fluorescent) Penetrant Inspection
- Magnetic Particle Inspection
- Positive Material Identification (PMI)
- Magnetic Permeability
- Visual Inspection
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