Lab Capabilities

 

Technical Expertise

Our team of metallurgical experts have expertise in:

  • Oil & Gas Drill Bit Manufacturing & Development
  • Mining Tool Development
  • Hard materials, Cemented Carbides (manufacturing, testing, development and application)
  • Mechanical and physical property testing
Powder Characterization
Particle Size Distribution

ASTM B214 Sieve Analysis (Ro-Tap)
ASTM B822 Laser Scattering (MicroTrac)

Apparent Density

ASTM B212 Hall Cup
ASTM B417 Carny Cup
ASTM B329 Scott Volumeter

ASTM B527 Tap Density
ASTM B213 Hall Flow Rate

Small-Scale Powder Processing
Batch Blending (to 10kg.)
Vibratory Compaction
Lab-Scale Infiltration (to 1200 C)

Pins (1/2″ dia. x 3 1/2″ lg.)
Spirals (DiaPac method)
Coupon Casting (2″ dia. x 6″ lg.)

Mechanical Testing
Hardness

ASTM E18 Rockwell C, B, etc.
ASTM E384 Microhardness (Vickers and Knoop)
ASTM D2240 Rubber Shore A Durometer

Transverse Rupture Strength

DiaPac Method (1/2″ dia. bar, 2″ span, meets ASTM B528 accuracy)
ASTM B406

Wear / Erosion Testing

DiaPac Slurry Abrasion Test (Proprietary)
ASTM G65 Dry Sand Rubber Wheel Abrasion
ASTM B611 Alumina Slurry Steel Wheel Abrasion
ASTM G75 Sand Slurry Reciprocating Rubber Lap Abrasion

Metalography/Microscopy
Sectioning (6″ diamond watersaw)
Mounting (Cold Mold and Hot Compression)
Lapping/Grinding/Polishing (12″ dia. wheels)
Etching
Stereoscopy (to 70x)
Metallography (50x – 1000x)
Digital Imagining (Macro and Micro)
Quantitative capabilities include ASTM B276 (Apparent Porosityin Cemented Carbides); industry methods for rating Sphericity, Porosity and Phase Fractions; mironscale measurement.

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