Element has one of the most comprehensive ranges of materials testing services available in the Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) sector that covers materials selection, application, and performance testing as well as failure analysis testing services.

We apply a combination of both destructive testing and non-destructive testing methods to metals and non-metals including; composites, polymers, elastomers, and resins to determine their potential properties, performance, strength, durability, and resistance to corrosion and to ultimately help make certain that they are safe, compliant and fit for purpose in their end application.

We are a world leader in the provision of high-volume routine mechanical testing services such as tensile testing, impact testing, or hardness testing, for both metals and polymeric materials, as well as highly specialized mechanical testing such as fatigue testing, fracture mechanics, crack metal testing, crack propagation testing, creep testing, corrosion testing and chemical analysis services using OES, XRF, ICP, EDS, MS, and other analytical techniques.

As part of our material testing service range, Element provides advanced solutions in metals technology, offering critical support in testing and consultation aligned to all stages of metals processing and product development. Our laboratories deliver comprehensive, inter-disciplinary services in the development, processing, characterization, and testing of all materials.


Materials testing services

Our full range of materials testing services includes, but is not limited to: 


Material properties testing services 

Material properties testing is a critical step in understanding how your materials will perform or react under a wide variety of stresses. Material properties testing can assist in R&D projects, prevent failures in the field, and anticipate issues before they arise. Not every material is the same, and guesswork is not an option.

Element can assist you in evaluating and understanding your material's properties and provide you with valuable insight about virtually any material characteristic, and any material type. We offer a broad range of material properties testing services, specializing in metals, advanced composites, polymers, ceramic composites, and many more. 


Your Materials Testing Experts 

John Tartaglia

Dr John M. Tartaglia

Element's Senior Metallurgical Engineer 

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Lee Mangham – Element Sheffield

Lee Mangham

Element's Technical Manager

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Why Choose Element? 

Element is a trusted testing partner to many of the world's most recognized and iconic brands within the global Aerospace, Transportation, Oil and Gas, Fire and Building Product, Infrastructure, and Environmental sectors.

Our materials testing laboratories are staffed by over 6,600 Engaged Experts, who solve our customers’ most complex technical and commercial challenges in the fields of materials selection; materials application; production; certification and failure analysis.

To learn more about Element’s credentials, please visit our About Us page. To discuss how we can support your materials testing needs, contact an expert today.

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Climatic & Environmental Simulation Testing

From high temperatures and sun exposure to humidity and corrosion, your materials will be affected by external conditions. Our environmental testing services make sure they're fit for purpose.

As technology advances in every sector, materials need to withstand more extreme environments than ever before. To make sure that your materials and products are up to the task, Element offers a full suite of climate & environmental simulation testing services

Our labs perform environmental testing in a range of thermal, mechanical, and corrosive conditions. With years of experience in a variety of industries, our experts are ready to assist with any project.

Some of the environmental simulation methods that we offer include:


Charpy vs. Izod: An Impact Testing Comparison

Both Charpy and Izod impact testing are popular methods of determining impact strength, or toughness, of a material. Learn more from expert Lee Mangham.


5 Disasters Caused by Material Fatigue

Element's fatigue testing expert discusses five disasters caused by material fatigue and what we learned from them. 


Computed Radiography (CR) and Digital Radiography (DR)

A guide to the three common NDT digital radiography modalities. DR and CR modalities produce 2D images. In contrast, CT systems produce a 3D image.


Featured services

Find out more about our core Materials Testing Services

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Non-Destructive Testing (NDT)

Find out about the range of NDT services Element uses to evaluate the properties of a material, parts, products, welds, or systems without materially affecting the integrity of the items being tested.

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ASTM E606 Fatigue Testing

Mechanical Testing

Element's experts in materials testing labs across the US, UK, Netherlands, Germany, and Spain provide mechanical properties testing such as tensile, fatigue, fracture mechanics, and more.

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Chemical Analysis Preparation

Chemical Analysis

Find out more about our chemical analysis laboratories that offer a critical resource for both material and product manufacturers.

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Polymers Testing

Element performs a range of mechanical, electrical, flammability tests and utilizes thermal analysis tests to characterize the composition of polymers and composite materials.

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Failure Analysis

Find out how Element's global team of failure analysis experts learn from the past, to help prevent failures in service. 

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Corrosion Testing

As a world leader in corrosion testing services, Element provides effective corrosion testing programs to help you ensure your materials are safe, reliable, and fit for purpose.

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Fatigue Crack Growth Testing

Fracture Toughness Testing

Element provides fracture toughness testing for determining material characteristics and longevity of metallic, nonmetallic, and advanced materials.

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Additive Manufacturing

Find out how Element are leading the way in creating reliable and repeatable new test programs that deliver accurate results for the early adopters of additive manufacturing in Aerospace and other leading industry sectors.

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Metallurgical Testing

Find out more about our metallurgical testing expertise and our comprehensive range services, from grain size analysis to fractography.

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Fire Testing

Fire and Flammability Testing

Learn about Element's complete range of flammability testing methods for aerospace and transportation, textiles, consumer goods, and furniture materials.

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ASTM E466 High Cycle Fatigue (HCF)

High cycle fatigue is used for materials that experience low applied forces and where deformation is primarily elastic in nature.

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RoHS Compliance Testing

Find out how Element's RoHS Compliance testing services can help you verify levels of restricted substances and determine concentrations of RoHS substances in test samples.


Our team of over 9,000 Engaged Experts in North America, Europe, The Middle East, Australia, Asia and Africa are ready to help you.