Mechanical tests are performed to determine the mechanical properties of engineering materials and hence their suitability for certain uses. Properties such as material strength, toughness, hardness and ductility, inter alia: can be evaluated through these tests. Mechanical testing can also be used as a means for comparison amongst materials of choice.



    • Tensile - at room temp up to 600 oC

test for material strength, also known as a tension test. The maximum amount of load a material can bare prior to failure can be determined through this test  (tested as per the latest relevant bs/astm specs).


    • Impact - above and at sub-zero

test for material toughness (i.e. the ability of a material to, upon impact plastically deform without fracturing/resistance to crack propagation)


    • Hardness - BrineLl, vicker’s 10 & 30 kgs, Rockwell (Non SANAS scope)

The ability of material to resist abrasion and/or plastic deformation by indentation

also equipped to carry out the following tests;


    • Bend – face & root, nick break, flattening test

This is a test for material ductility/material soundness


    • Welder  and procedure qualification  Tests