As an accredited materials testing laboratory, we can support you in the following areas of materials testing:

Metals

Chemical composition

  • X-ray fluorescence analyses (XRF)
  • Inorganic analyses using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)
  • Determination of C, S, H, N, O and Ar content in metallic materials by inert gas fusion (IGF) principle
  • X-ray diffraction (XRD)

Microstructure/Materialography

  • Determination of the grain size, microstructure and volume fractions in multiple-phase materials
  • Determination of non-metallic inclusions in metals
  • Determination of precipitated phase contents
  • Intergranular corrosion test (ASTM A262 practice A and E)

Polymers

Chemical composition

  • Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR)
  • Trace element analysis (XRF, ICP-MS)
  • Ash content
  • Assessment of the degree of crosslinking in polyethylene

Crystallinity, phase transition

  • Calorimetric analyses (DSC)

Ceramics

Chemical composition

  • X-ray fluorescence analyses (XRF)
  • Inorganic analyses using ICP-MS
  • Crystalline phases, e.g. phase purity of ß-tricalcium phosphates and hydroxyapatite (XRD)
  • Determination of trace elements in calcium phosphates (ISO 13175-3, ISO 13779-3, ASTM F1088, F1185 and F1581)

Further properties

  • Residual moisture content
  • Cohesion of pastes and cements
  • Identification and quantification of ceramic degradation products
  • Dissolution test on calcium phosphates (ISO 13175-3)

Physical and mechanical tests

  • Tensile, compression and bend tests
  • Torsional tests
  • Static test of parts and components
  • Charpy impact test
  • Dynamic tests, fatigue tests
  • Rotating beam fatigue tests *
  • Vickers hardness test / Shore hardness test
  • Conductivity measurements on non-ferrous metals
  • Optical 3D deformation analyses *

Surface analysis

  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)
  • Contact angle measurement
  • Topography and roughness measurement
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

Coatings

  • Chemical composition (SEM / EDX)
  • Coating thickness / Porosity

Powder and particle analysis

  • Technical cleanliness (VDA19.1 / ISO 16232)
  • Particle size measurements (optical, SEM, laser diffraction)
  • Surface coverage
  • Particle composition (EDX, FT-IR)
  • Determination of the specific surface area of powders and porous solids

Biocompatibility (ISO 10993)

  • Leachables & Extractables (ISO 10993-14, -15)
  • Cleanliness (XPS, ICP-MS)
  • Toxicology studies (literature; ISO 10993-1, -17) *
  • Validation of the reprocessing of medical devices (cleanliness) *

Tribology: Friction and Wear

  • Pin-on-disk friction and wear test
  • Wear tests (hip and spine simulator)

Various investigations

  • Failure analyses
  • Climatic chamber tests, e.g. artificial ageing
  • Washing, sterilisation and cleaning test for medical devices
  • Corrosion measurements (electrochemical methods)
  • Density determination of solids and liquids
  • Titrimetric analyses
  • Determination of viscosity
  • Crack test / Penetrant testing
  • Finite element analyses (FEA)

Consulting / Validation / Literature *

  • Advisory service, planning and validation of investigations
  • Literature reviewing (ISO 10993-1)

 

* not accredited

Please contact us with your questions.

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