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Mechanical properties of metallic materials

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Metallic materials

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Measure the mechanical properties of a metallic material

  • You would like to carry out tests to know the mechanical properties specific to your material
  • You would like to determine the steel grade corresponding to your material
  • You are seeking reliable analysis and characterisation methods
  • You would like to ensure the traceability of your mechanical tests
  • A specialised team and resources in the field of test and characterisation of metallic materials
  • Static tensile tests to determine the mechanical properties (maximum strength, yield strength, module of elasticity, elongation, etc.), at room temperature, at high temperatures up to maximum    1 250°C, at low temperatures ranging to -196°C.
  • Impact bending tests (measurement of notch impact strength) on previously notched metallic test specimen, between ambient temperature and -196°C,
  • Hardness measurements (Vickers, Brinell and Rockwell B and C)
  • Flattening, bending, flaring tests,

Tests and characterisation of many metals and alloys, either on standardised tests specimens or on products (tubes, bolts, etc.)

  • Standardised mechanical tests or tests customised to meet your requirements
  • Development of specific test protocols
  • COFRAC accredited tests (accreditations COFRAC No. 1-1006 & No. 1-6755 - Scope available on
  • Tailored and responsive service providing you with 6 local laboratories
  • Access to the multidisciplinary skills of metallurgical teams to optimise your products
  • Expertise relating to the whole of the usual metal processing (machining-bar turning, metallic additive manufacturing, welding, rolling, casting, forging, etc.).
  • An independent laboratory and a major player in the aerospace, energy, rail, automobile, medical and naval sectors).

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Choix et caractérisation des matériaux

Les matériaux sont un enjeu primordial dans la conception de vos produits:
Lesquels choisir, selon quels critères, métalliques, composites, élastomères?
Comment les assembler ? Quels procédés de fabrication? Quels traitements leur appliquer ?
Autant de questions auxquelles les experts du Cetim vous apportent des réponses pratiques et argumentées, en les complétant si vous le souhaitez de prestations d'aide à la conception pouvant vous faire gagner un temps précieux dans la mise sur le marché de vos produits.

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