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17 May 2011

Research Center for Materials and Structures formed Department Metallography

Materials and Structures Research Center has broaden the range of its services including structural research of materials. Newly opened department has become part of Nondestructive Laboratory.

Offer includes:
– fractography,
– microstructure analysis,
– surface analysis,
– chemical composition analysis,
– hardness tests,
– roughness tests.

Laboratory has the newest equipment intended for above – mentioned tests

Fractography as well as surface analysis are conducted with the use of Scanning Electron Microscopy EVO 25 MA made by Zeiss with the biggest chamber available on market, allowing to investigate samples up to 25 cm height. The EDX detector allows to chemical composition analysis of investigated material.
Microsection is prepared on high class Pressi equipment (cutting machine, automatic mounting machine, grinding- polishing machine), microstructure analysis is performed on Zeiss Optical Microscopy Neophot 2. For smaller magnification Nikon stereoscopic microscopy is used.
Laboratory has also equipment for mechanical properties tests such as hardness and roughness. Surftest SJ-301 is portable roughness tester which fulfill DIN, ISO, ANSI and JIS standards. Hardmatic is portable hardness tester, dedicated to metallic materials, using rebound method (according to ASTM A956 standard). Hardness results are in L scale (Leeb value) which can be converted into Vickers, Brinell, Rockwell B, Rockwell C, and Shore HS scale. Device is adjusted to carry tests on materials with Ra less than 10 µm and thickness not smaller than 5 mm.
Scope of new department complement and broaden MSRC testing capabilities in the range of complex testing of materials and structure, both in the aspect of cooperation with clients and current research projects.