We carry out mechanical tests both on specimens and small scale component models, as shown below:
- Standard mechanical tests such as tensile, compression, bending, hardness and charpy measurements
- Fracture mechanics in terms of plane stress, plane strain, KIC, JIC,CTOD, crack growth and evaluation of defects instability
- Fatigue mechanics both in elastic and plastic fields under a constant and variable applied load, and evaluation of the service life of mechanical components
- Stress rupture creep tests also in combination with tension-torsion applied loads (maximum applied load 50kN)
- Creep fatigue
- Thermomechanical fatigue
- Four-point bending mechanical tests up to 1400°C.
Upon request, the mechanical tests can be carried out simulating the operational environment through air, saline fogs, sea water and extreme temperatures ranging from -196°C and 1400°C.
Focus on labs & facilities
In terms of logistics, our mechanical testing laboratory is composed of two sections respectively devoted to mechanical and creep testing.
Extended over an area of ~650 sq/m and served by four 2000l/min pumping capability main hydraulic pumps, the former laboratory is equipped with:
- 13 servo-hydraulic testing apparatuses with a maximum load capacity of 2500 KN
- 4 servo-mechanic testing machines featured with a maximum load capacity of 100kN
- 3 benches for tests on components, to be equipped with 5 2500 kN maximum applied load servo-hydraulics actuators
- 2 servo-mechanical machines for thermomechanical testing.
The latter extending over approximately 350 sqm, is equipped with:
- 24 four-chained Distington with a total capacity of 288 specimens designed to perform creep tests (up to 750°C)
- 4 single-specimen equipment for stress-rupture testing (up to 1150°C)
- 6 single-specimen equipment for stress-rupture testing (up to 1050°C)
- 12 single-specimen Setec machines for stress-rupture testing (up to 980 °C)
- No. 5 Amsler machines for stress-rupture testing (up to 750°C).