Colorado Metallurgical services offers a variety of testing services which aid in the process of reverse engineering.
Chemical composition of a metal is the most important aspect of that metal. This composition is a dictator of what the possible physical properties could be prior to the final state or desired state of which it is to become. Every material weather its steel, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, copper, nickel, or super alloy, the composition dictates what physical properties are possible. The composition can tell you a lot about the material, and it can also affect the weld-ability of that particular material. There are specification and codes for every piece of material you see in every aspect of your life. Doors knobs, hinges, knifes, keys, cars, airplanes, jets, engines, power plates, nuclear facilities, wires, electrical circuits in your computer, phones, and televisions.
Physical properties are one of the most important aspects of a material as these properties influence the behavior of how a material is going to perform under conditions such as tension. Tension testing of material verifies that metal is going meet minimum specification requirements set forth by ASTM, ASME, or SAE standards. The hardness of material can have a direct relationship to the tensile strength of a material, and can also have minimum or specific range set forth these standards. This hardness and strength has a direct effect of the bend ability of the material.
Microstructural changes occur in metals which receive heat treatments. These microstructural changes have a direct effect and correlation of the material mechanical behavior. Often times it is necessary to look at a materials structure under a microscope to verify the material is at the objective state. This type of examination is vital for failure analysis of components which are suspected of improper treatment prior to use, and can ultimately lead you into discovering why a particular component failed.