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Metals undergo heat treatment to obtain the strength and durably needed to perform optimally in specific service environments

Verify your heat-treated materials are up to the task with testing and engineering services from SGS MSi.

We are an A2LA and ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory that performs destructive and non-destructive examinations to pinpoint material chemical and mechanical characteristics ultimately used to determine safety, compliance and application appropriateness. Our capabilities include:

  • Raw material validation
  • Production issue solutions
  • Finished and semi-finished good assessment
  • Product failure analysis
  • High-end metallurgical engineering services

Heat treatment processes alter material physical and mechanical properties, which is why testing following the process is vital. With more than three decades of experience working with heat-treated specimens, SGS MSi engineers, scientists and technicians are qualified to test, analyze and certify materials for your project. Examinations we perform include:

  • Response to heat treat
  • Hardness
  • Hollomon-Jaffe parameter
  • Banding (ASTM A534)
  • Retained austenite
  • Jominy hardenability
  • Residual stress
  • Thermal conductivity
  • Radiative heat transfer
  • Grain size
  • Grain distribution
  • Quench rate

Materials in the heat-treated condition that we commonly analyze include aluminum, steel, cast iron, and tool steels. Others are bake hardenable steels, stressproof™, fatigue-proof™, and ETD150™.

Material analysis is a critical resource for both manufacturers and end users to identify the contents, composition, and quality of the products they use. That’s why SGS MSi strives to provide test results that are accurate, clear and concise.

The equipment at our laboratories in the United States of America and Canada are calibrated regularly to ensure accuracy. Calibration records are available upon request.

We provide detailed reports covering each test performed that lists the test type, parameters and results obtained. We avoid complicated jargon and instead use simple and easy to understand language. All failure analysis and investigation reports are presented with a summary conclusion of our findings, any criterion supporting those findings and, if appropriate, insights into possible failure avoidance.

Confirm the heat-treated materials you use are fit for purpose with reliable analyzing and engineering services from SGS MSi. We’re here for you.

Contact us to learn more about our heat-treated materials testing services.

ASTM A255Standard Test Methods for Determining Hardenability of Steel
ASTM E112Standard Test Methods for Determining Average Grain Size
ASTM E18Standard Test Methods for Rockwell Hardness of Metallic Materials
ASTM E140Standard Hardness Conversion Tables for Metals Relationship Among Brinell Hardness, Vickers Hardness, Rockwell Hardness, Superficial Hardness, Knoop Hardness, Scleroscope Hardness, and Leeb Hardness
ISO 642Standard Test Method for Determining Compressive Resistance of Shipping Containers, Components, and Unit Loads
ISO 643Steels — Micrographic determination of the apparent grain size
ISO 148Metallic materials — Charpy pendulum impact test — Part 1: Test method
ISO 4498Sintered metal materials, excluding hardmetals — Determination of apparent hardness and microhardness
AMS 2750FPyrometry
AMS 2757Gaseous Nitrocarburizing
AMS 2759Heat Treatment of Steel Parts General Requirements 
AMS 2762Carburizing Carbon and Low-Alloy Steel Parts
SAE J406Methods of Determining Hardenability of Steels
SAE J423Methods of Measuring Case Depth