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Energy & Industry Division
Industrial and environmental inspection, vendor inspection, technical assistance, non-destructive testing (NDT) and technical staffing for all type of industries.
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Laboratories Division
Multidisciplinary laboratories.Testing and engineering for product development. Conformity testing and product certification. SYSTEMS CERTIFICATION.
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Automotive Division
Statutory vehicle inspection services and emission & gas testing solutions worldwide.
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IDIADA Division
Design, engineering, testing and homologation services for the automotive industry worldwide.
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Metallic materials testing

Characterization of the behavior of metal materials for their optimum use in products and components.
Metal materials have a widespread use in industry. Therefore, characterizing their behavior allows us to optimize both their application as well as the actual component manufacturing processes and metal-metal and hybrid bonds.
The study of new or standard metal materials and the improvement of their features and applications is a competitive advantage for both, new products and existing products.
Applus+ has NADCAP, ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratories for testing metal materials as well as Airbus, Comac and Safran approval. We have a team of experts in metals and bonds as well as their applications in leading industries such as aeronautics, automotive, renewable energies, oil & gas or construction.
Our technical team performs standard tests (GB, EN, ISO, ASTM and MIL-STD among others.) or tests designed according to the client's specific regulations for any type of application.
We test both, standard materials and materials for advanced applications:
  • Steel and its alloys
  • Aluminum and its alloys
  • Nickel, titanium and super alloys
  • Standard welded joints
  • Components with advanced welding procedures
  • Fastener products: bolts, studs, nuts and washers
Our metal materials characterization and testing service covers:
  • Manufacturing of specimens, coupons and prototypes
  • Test piece design and manufacture
  • Test tool design and manufacture
  • Shot Peening machine
  • Material behavior in virtual simulations
  • Complementary NDT during destructive tests
  • Characterization and/or qualification plan design
  • Results evaluation
  • Helps decision making in the selection of materials and joints
  • Support in R&D+I programs
Our testing capabilities include:
  • Chemical tests
    • Elementary chemical microanalysis (EDX), ICP, IR-Ft Spectrometry, AA
    • Spectromechanical analysis
  • Mechanical tests
    • Tensile
    • Compression
    • Bending
    • Fracture toughness (KIC, CTOD, J-R)
    • Crack propagation (FGCP)
    • Impact (Charpy)
    • Plane, open, filled, tension and compression in hybrid joints
    • Stress corrosion
    • Bearing
    • Pull-Through
    • Fatigue (S-N, ε-N curves)
    • Proof load, head soundness and other specific tests on Fastener products
    • Fluence (Creep, Stress Corrossion)
  • Physical tests
    • Hardness tests
    • Coating
    • Preparation and microscopic examination of metallographic samples
    • Dimension check (specially on Fastener products)
  • On-site testing
    • Ultrasound (UT)
    • Magnetic particles (MT)
    • Penetrant liquid (LP)
    • Visual inspection (VT)
    • Positive Material Identification (PMI)
    • Eddy’s current (ET)
    • X ray
    • Replica test
    • Hardness
    • Coating thickness
    • Witness test onsite for destructive and Non destructive testing
  • Fractography
    • Preparation and microscopic examination of metallographic samples
    • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)
  • Aging and corrosion tests
  • Characterization of welded joints for Welding Procedure Qualification (WPQ)
    • Mechanical tests: tensile, bending, impact
    • Evaluation of hardness
    • Micro and macro examination of welding
  • Manufacturing quality control of materials and Fastener products
  • Optimize the design of components with metal materials
  • Results accredited by NADCAP international standards
  • Ensure the structural integrity and reliability of the components
  • Optimize the manufacturing process of components with metal materials
  • Predict the in-service behavior of metal materials
  • Control the quality of metal material products
Chemical composition analysis Impact test (Charpy) Tensile test Mechanical tests
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