Material, component and system testing

Our Test Centre offers a wide range of services. Through application of the latest measurement technology and compliance to the current state of science, our competent staff succeeds to maintain reliable test results according to national and international standards. The close cooperation with the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK) of the TU Dresden provides access to the latest scientific findings as well as to manufacturing and testing technologies.

In addition to a variety of standard tests, we offer development and application of new test methods for materials, components and systems. Selected test methods can be performed in our accredited laboratory (according to DIN EN ISO 17025). On request, we may also gain accreditation for further standard or proprietary test methods. Non-destructive testing of materials and components for quality control or failure detection complete our service portfolio.

This comprehensive expertise makes us the ideal partner for your testing projects.

Our service portfolio

Contact person

Dr.-Ing. Jörn Jaschinski

Head of Test Centre

+49 351 446960-49

Dipl.-Ing. Ralph Bochynek

Division Manager Material, Component and System Testing

+49 351 446960-40

Accredited test procedures

Our Test Centre is accredited for selected tests by the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (Germany’s national accreditation body – DAkkS) according to DIN EN ISO 17025. We offer material testing engaging the highest internationally recognized quality standards. Our services include quasi-static, tests and determination of physical properties of fibre-reinforced composite materials and plastics. Through regular assessments, we ensure the competence and quality of our test laboratories. On request, tests can be transferred to the accredited laboratory, or the accreditation can be realised by our customer.

Our service portfolio

1. Quasi-static material tests
Tensile testsDIN EN ISO 527-1
DIN EN ISO 527-2
DIN EN ISO 527-4
DIN EN ISO 527-5
In-plane shear testsDIN EN ISO 14129
Bending testsDIN EN ISO 178
DIN EN ISO 14125
2. Physical material tests
Fibre volume contentDIN EN ISO 1172
DIN EN 2564
DensityDIN EN ISO 1183-1

Accreditation certificate

Round robin test 2014
Round robin test 2015
Round robin test 2016
Round robin test 2017

Test examples

Heated sand bath with specimens for determination of fibre volume content

Thermoset specimen after testing

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Standardised test procedures

Our laboratory offers a wide range of tests according to national and international standards for all kinds of industry. Our team possesses extensive experience in performing standardised tests on almost all modern material classes. For mechanical tests, we use classical deformation measurement methods (such as strain gauges) as well as advanced optical measurement methods (for example greyscale correlation). Almost all experiments can be performed at defined temperatures (-60 °C to 250 °C) and climates. For determination of physical properties such as the thermal or rheological behaviour, we use various methods, for example DSC, TGA or plate rheometer. We proof our qualifications through regular participation in round robin tests.

Round robin test 2014
Round robin test 2015
Round robin test 2016
Round robin test 2017

Our services – Mechanical tests

Our spectrum to characterise the mechanical properties includes almost all tests and test types, which are required for evaluation or validation of materials, components or systems.

  • Tensile, compression, bending, shear, peel and torsion tests
  • Determination of energy release rates

The following table lists a selection of tests that can be performed in our laboratories:

Test typeStandard
TensionDIN EN ISO 527, DIN EN 658-1, DIN EN ISO 1798, DIN EN ISO 14129, ASTM D3039, ASTM D638, DIN EN ISO 6892-1
CompressionDIN EN ISO 604, DIN EN ISO 14126, DIN EN ISO 844, ASTM D3410
BendingDIN EN ISO 14125, DIN EN ISO 178, DIN EN ISO 14130, DIN EN 658-3, DIN EN ISO 7438, DIN 53293
ShearASTM D7078, ASTM D5379, ASTM D4255
Energy release ratesDIN EN 6033, DIN EN 6034

Examples for mechanical tests

Optical measurement system during VNRS testing

DMA jig

Our services – Physical tests

Besides the mechanical testing of your materials, we can determine various physical properties.

  • Mass density and fibre volume content
  • Thermal expansion
  • Thermal conductivity and capacity
  • Glass transition temperature
  • Viscosity

Examples for physical tests

Heated sand bath with specimens for determination of fibre volume content

Measuring cell inside the pressure chamber of a high pressure DSC

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Innovative test procedures

The rapid and dynamic development in the lightweight engineering sector increasingly calls for the application of special tests for determining specific material characteristics. Due to the increasing complexity of design and simulation criteria, input parameters, surpassing the classical material properties such as strength and stiffness, are required. The high demands on the quality of results require the continuous development and improvement of established procedures. Using current scientific knowledge, we offer customised solutions for your problems.

Our services:

  • Conception, design and detailed construction of test devices
  • Numerical preliminary examinations and test related simulation
  • Definition of evaluation methods and routines
  • Development of specimen geometries for generation of defined loading conditions and failures

Examples of novel test methods

We are continuously working on the improvement and expansion of testing methods. The following methods demonstrate a selection of tests we perform successfully:

Besides classical deformation measurement methods (for example strain gauges), we also use advanced optical measuring methods:

  • Video and laser extensometer
  • Greyscale correlation method (ARAMIS ©)
  • Point tracking method (PONTOS ©)
  • Stereoscopic deformation measurement
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Material testing

The design process is based on the knowledge of failure and damage phenomena occurring in the material, especially when using modern lightweight materials and connection techniques. Our laboratory provides services to test your materials in accordance with current national and international standards or according to customer requirements. Furthermore, we can determine material characteristics, which go beyond the classical material properties such as strength and stiffness.

Our services:

  • Fibre-reinforced composites
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Ceramics
  • Joint connections such as adhesive bonds, clinch sealings and welds
  • Special materials such as foams or honeycombs
  • Hybrid structures such as sandwich composites

Examples of material testing

Material modelling

Accompanying the performed characterisation tests, we also offer modelling of the material behaviour. The FE-based simulation of the experiment increases the understanding of the measured data. In this way, the damage history can be traced. Furthermore, we can implement a computer-aided design of your components with the material cards created and validated for you.

Our services:

  • Generation of material cards
  • Validation of material behaviour
  • Virtual testing
  • Design of components
  • Validation of components
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Component and system tests

The implementation of experiments for the validation and admission of components and systems is the final step of each development process. Therefor we provide support for conception, design and detailed construction of test rigs. With our vibration decoupled clamping field, we can implement all your test requirements for static and cyclic testing. For the testing of components from aerospace, automotive and marine industries, we offer a wide range of customised test benches which can be adapted to our customers’ requirements if necessary. Furthermore, diverse climate and pressure chambers for the test procedure and specific climatic change tests can be used.

Our services:

  • Test bench conception, design, manufacturing and commissioning
  • Optical 3D geometry and displacement measurement
  • Computed tomography (up to 2,5 m³ measurement volume, In-situ CT)
  • Laser scanning vibrometer
  • High speed camera and high speed force measuring system (entire crash wall)
  • Drop tower for large-scale tests
  • Servo-hydraulic testing machines (static, dynamic, high speed, tension, compression, torsion, combined)
  • Electrodynamic shaker with vibrating table
  • Test field for large structures
  • Climate chambers
  • High speed rotor test benches (up to 250.000 rpm)
  • Vibroacoustic laboratory
  • Tribology laboratory

Examples of component and system tests

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Non-destructive testing

It is not always expedient to perform destructive tests on specimens. Non-destructive test methods have been established especially in the area of quality assurance and damage detection. Through these test methods, externally invisible defects and the internal structure of the material can be analysed without damaging the specimens. Certain methods can be carried out in combination with a destructive test, which allows more detailed conclusions concerning the failure behaviour. We master a wide range of non-destructive testing methods; therefor we offer a comprehensive review of manufacturing processes, determination of damage incidents and measures of quality assurance.

Our services:

  • Ultrasound (air and water coupled)
  • 3D-digitisation (ATOS®)
  • CT and In-situ CT
  • Thermography
  • Profilometry
  • Optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy

Examples of non-destructive testing

The following methods can be used when performing destructive tests to increase understanding of the material behaviour.

  • Thermography
  • Acoustic emission analysis
  • In-situ CT
  • Optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy

Examples for the analysis of material behaviour

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Specimen production

The quality of measurement results depends to a large extent on the quality of the specimens. Through our extensive experience in the area of processing of plastics and composites, we offer qualified support in producing auditable structures and specimens. For cutting operations, e.g. water jet cutting, laser cutting or milling, we closely cooperate with reliable regional partners.

Our services:

  • Braiding and filament winding
  • RTM, VARI, autoclave
  • Injection moulding
  • Pressing of thermoplastics and thermosets
  • LFI

Manufacturing examples

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