High Temperature Testing

Our materials testing laboratory has a remit to support product and material development, particularly for test requirements that do not fall within the range of the traditional test regimes and standards. One area that we are continuously developing and investing in is high temperature testing and environmental capability.

We offer sub-contract elevated temperature testing with fully controlled heating and cooling profiles which can be phased in sync or out of sync with other modes of control (load, strain) as required.

Even where there is an existing international standard, such as TMF, our customers often want to replicate the conditions that their parts or materials see in service, so Phoenix Thermo Mechanical Fatigue software is written to the latest international TMF standard, plus additional features to allow tailored TMF research.

In addition to the heating and cooling options, we also have a range of chambers and equipment for controlling the test environment, including:

  • Induction heating
  • Forced air cooling
  • Pyrometry - that can compensate for changes in emissivity of the sample surface
  • Thermal imaging
  • High temperature extensometry

High temperature testing and environmental testing can be carried out on any of our test laboratory machines from 120N up to 1600kN.

Phoenix Environmental Thermal Mechanical Testing Systems (ETMTS)

High temperature environmental testing is an area that is currently of huge interest to some key sectors, such as Nuclear and Aerospace, as they endeavour to replicate accurate service conditions for materials and components, to decouple and quantify the effects of different thermal and environmental effects on failure. The materials undergoing these tests - including metals, composites and ceramics - are usually expensive and in short supply, therefore the test samples are increasingly small in size.

As new materials are developed that are extremely strong and designed to work in very hot and harsh environments, the equipment needed to test their performance must be even better than these new super materials. We place a lot of emphasis on developing the test machines and technology needed to support the requirements of the industries we work with.

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